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Le règne de la beauté (2014)

Unrated | | Drama | 15 May 2014 (Canada)
Luc, an architect and married man from Quebec, begins an extramarital affair with Lindsay while on a business trip to Toronto.


Denys Arcand


Denys Arcand

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Credited cast:
Éric Bruneau ... Luc Sauvageau
Mélanie Thierry ... Stéphanie
Melanie Merkosky ... Lindsay Walker
Marie-Josée Croze ... Isabelle
Mathieu Quesnel Mathieu Quesnel ... Nicolas
Michel Forget ... Roger Savard
Geneviève Boivin-Roussy ... Melissa
Magalie Lépine Blondeau ... Karine
Yves Jacques ... Pascal Montambault
Juana Acosta ... Juana
Johanne-Marie Tremblay Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Manon Savard
Leni Parker Leni Parker ... Sarah Handelsman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bandey ... Lord Glencoe
Michel Blackburn ... Citoyen
Nick Diabo Nick Diabo ... Saskatoon


Luc, an architect and married man from Quebec, begins an extramarital affair with Lindsay while on a business trip to Toronto.

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Release Date:

15 May 2014 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux nuits See more »

Filming Locations:

La Malbaie, Québec, Canada See more »

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Cinémaginaire Inc. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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-(Denys Arcand parle de la production de son film 'Le règne de la beauté'): -"C'est un film qui m'a causé beaucoup d'ennuis et de fatigue car le tournage s'est étendu sur 1 an, parce que j'avais envie de capter les saisons. Donc je voulais vraiment tourner à l'automne, en hiver en en été, ça a causé des ennuis considérables pour les équipes, pour avoir les comédiens, que tout le monde se libère, etc. Et puis ça a été un montage qui a été compliqué. Tout a été compliqué sur ce film là." (entretien à 'Mémoire du cinéma québécois' pour 'Élephant', en 2014). See more »


Luc Sauvageau: In the centuries that follow, a civilization is always judged by its architecture. Building is an activity of hope. The hope that what we create will be useful and beautiful. The hope of telling future generations who we were. And the hope they will be moved, as we were by the architecture of those who came before us. Thank you.
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Visually Gorgeous and What Else?
24 September 2017 | by Moviegoer19See all my reviews

I saw this a couple of hours ago and am thinking about it now. First, it left me wanting to visit Quebec City, especially during the winter. The city and its surrounding countryside looked beautiful. Some of the homes in the film, which after all is about architects, are stunning. But mainly it's the story about one ambitious young architect who actually says that love is not the be all and end all in life. He lives this philosophy in that he loves more than one woman at once and chooses not to be faithful.

The ending of the film was sort of odd in that it just happened, without showing how, and we the viewers have to assume what happened. In that assumption is confirmation of the film's meaning, i.e., Luc had to pursue his lust/love of the moment, though that didn't mean that he no longer "loved" the previous ones. He just couldn't stay with them for he needs the new and novel. He is described as ambitious with regard to his architecture, and I'd say he is with his loves, too, in that he seems to keep trying for someone new and more beautiful.

Though Luc is portrayed as gentle in his personality, and subtle, the truth is he's a selfish macho person who constantly plays sports - six different ones in the film - not including hunting, in which he shoots geese, and can't help but fall in love and get involved with beautiful women. And, he appears happy, despite some intimation of guilt; he gets over it pretty well. He is the true powerful, white male, enjoying the best that life has to offer.

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