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Mars et Avril (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Music | 5 October 2012 (USA)
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Based on an acclaimed graphic novel, Mars & Avril is set in Montreal of the future, at the dawn of the first human landing on Mars, and tells the story of a musician who becomes obsessed with his muse.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jacob Obus
... Avril
... Arthur
... Eugène Spaak - tête
Jean Asselin ... Eugène Spaak - corps / Serveur automate
... Bernard Brel
Jean Marchand ... Pneumatologue
Kathleen Fortin ... Modèle d'Arthur
... Capucin
... Pierrot
Gabriel Gascon ... Arlequin
... Marsonaute no. 1
Pierre Leblanc ... Marsonaute no. 2
Richard Robitaille ... Marsonaute no. 3
Khanh Hua ... Serveur automate


Montreal, the future. Elderly jazz musician Jacob Obus (Jacques Languirand) still draws in audiences with his mesmerizing performances, playing instruments based on female models, designed by his much younger pal Arthur (Paul Ahmarani). The latest model, intriguing artist Avril (Caroline Dhavernas), entices both Arthur and Jacob. In the resulting love triangle, the old musician is ultimately victorious and appears to be in love for the first time in his life. But then Avril is accidentally transported to Mars, where the first manned mission just happened to land. Enter Eugène Spaak (Robert Lepage), inventor, cosmologist and Arthur's father, who unveils a new theory about man's desire to reach Mars and helps Jacob find the true meaning of life and love. Written by Mars et Avril Inc.

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Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mars and April  »

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Box Office


CAD 2,250,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "electric eel" ordered by Jacob Obus aboard the Orient Express was a false latex eel. However, believing that it was real, the property master placed it in a cooler prior to the shooting of the scene. See more »


Arthur: You'd make an excellent model for a musical instrument.
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L'atelier d'Eugène
Composed by Benoît Charest
Courtesy of Simone Records (available on iTunes and in vinyl record)
Under license from EMA Films & Mars et Avril Inc.
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MARS & AVRIL is the arrestingly-gorgeous and hypnotic ROMEO & JULIET of BLADE RUNNER.
20 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

MARS & AVRIL is the arrestingly-gorgeous and hypnotic ROMEO & JULIET of BLADE RUNNER. To say it blew my mind is an absolute understatement. I am passionate about dissecting visuals and iconography and tracking how designs and structure give form to complex sub-texts on multiple levels. However, MARS & AVRIL has fried my mind. The process of understanding the signification and mechanisms behind how the signs and symbols function within this visionary director, Martin Villeneuve's designed narrative, is as explosive as the endlessly-poetic universe he powerfully and viscerally gives a voice to. This is NO film. It's a revolutionary cinematic experience that does not only entertain, but is shape-shifting and life-altering in the way it awakens epiphanies within one's own mind…let alone the intriguing and fascinating explorations into: myth-making, the design and engineering of consciousness, dream vs reality…and the examination of "feedback" as a homage to the actual film-going experience and process…and which story (primary or secondary) unfolds where (on which screen)…and ultimately that the real one is the version that is left, burnt in the retina of our minds…and which we carry within us…long after we have left the theatre and which replays itself over and over again in our minds…even weeks after. MARS & AVRIL is an intriguing, compelling exploration in how decision-making and constraints are the universe's guide to where we need to be and make decisions that ultimately procure ingenuity and move us forward. It is so true, isn't it… that difficulties take us to where we need to be…to ARRIVE at our quantum potential to best breathe life into the core and heart of a given situation…circumstances…story. The way in which Villeneuve developed his vignettes, pictures and concepts in editorial format, and subsequently fleshed them out into a feature "tapestry", is riveting. This film advocates that problems are Allies and not deterrents…and that when you can "arrive" at perceiving reality in this way, well then Life can dance with you. Well, MARS & AVRIL has not danced with me; it catapulted me into an Odyssey of Signification where signs and symbols engineer awakenings, epiphanies…and ultimately string together a consciousness that has a life of its own and that delivers a manifest reality. What Martin Villeneuve achieves with MARS & AVRIL on $2.3 million and over a seven year period within the past few years, is incomparable and unprecedented! This film is a profound, moving experience; a reminder that it is possible to create a space to dream within crazy poetry. If you want to be entertained and riveted in a way that alters your perception of things in life and leaves you with a quantum understanding of how to best navigate through this humbling experience, then MARS & AVRIL is a MUST-SEE. It's the very beautiful, spellbinding, thought-provoking and evocative love story that Rachel and Deckard in BLADE RUNNER 2049 yearn to be heard.

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