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The Auction (2013)

Le démantèlement (original title)
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Gaby owns a farm on which he raises lambs: Gagnon and Sons Farm. But he has no sons. Rather, he has two daughters that he raised like princesses and who live far away, in the big city. One ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Arcand ... Gaby Gagnon
Gilles Renaud ... L'ami comptable
Lucie Laurier ... Marie Gagnon
Sophie Desmarais ... Frédérique Gagnon
Johanne-Marie Tremblay Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Françoise
Normand Carrière ... Léo Simard
Dominique Leduc Dominique Leduc ... La voisine
Gabriel Tremblay Gabriel Tremblay ... Le petit Bouchard
Michel Daigle ... Concierge
Éric Laprise Éric Laprise ... Conseiller à la banque
Marc-Antoine Béliveau Marc-Antoine Béliveau ... Homme du refuge
Claude Desjardins ... Réprésentant encan
Pierre-Luc Brillant ... Préposé au foyer
Joseph Bellerose ... Frère de Gaby #1
Jean Wauthier Jean Wauthier ... Frère de Gaby #2
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Gaby owns a farm on which he raises lambs: Gagnon and Sons Farm. But he has no sons. Rather, he has two daughters that he raised like princesses and who live far away, in the big city. One day, the oldest asks him for some financial support so she doesn't end up losing her house. Gaby, for whom fatherhood has evolved to a point where it became unreasonable, decides to dismantle the farm. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

French

Release Date:

5 November 2013 (Canada) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Gaby Gagnon: Fathers need to give to be happy. We're like that.
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Towering lead performance will leave you in awe
17 April 2014 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"The Auction" (2013 release from Canada; 111 min.; original title "Le démantèlement" or "The dismantling") brings the story of Gaby, a 60-somethingh year old sheep farmer in the northern part of Quebec. Gaby has spent his whole life there, but is now alone, his brothers having left him, then his wife, then his 2 daughters Marie and Frederique, who chose the life in the big city (Montreal). Then one day, Marie and her 2 little boys visit Gaby. She tells him that she has left her husband Steve, and that she needs money to buy out Steve's half of the house. Gaby is determined to help her, but soon realizes he may need to sell his beloved farm to do so. Will Gaby sell the farm and dismantle his entire existence? To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first and foremost, this is essentially a movie about a farmer's life, and as such the movie moves at a snail's pace, and I mean that as a (high) compliment. The farm's environment is showcased time and again, to great effect. Second, Gabriel Arcand, in the role of Gaby, brings a towering performance that will leave you wowed at the end of the movie (he won the Canadian Oscar-equivalent for Best Actor, and much deserved at that). Third, kudos to writer-director Sebastien Pilote for bringing this story, he scored several nominations for this movie at the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars (but didn't win). Last but certainly not least, the movie has a fantastic soundtrack, composed by Serge Nakaushi-Pelletier. I am going to check if by chance the soundtrack is commercially available. Bottom line: "The Dismantling" (much better title than "The Auction") is an emotionally taxing movie that is worth the investment, time-wise, money-wise and emotion-wise.

This movie was the March, 2014 release in the on-going series of Film Movement's DVD-of-the-Month Club of foreign and indie movies, and the DVD will be released to the public at large in August, 2014. As usual, the DVD comes with a number of bonus materials, and also a nice animated shortie ("The Giant", 2013 release from Spain; 11 min.), equally worth checking out. "The Auction" is another very worthy addition to the ever-growing Film Movement library. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


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