Fidèle au roman, le film relate le dernier été du jeune Félix Leclerc dans la maison familiale de La Tuque, au Québec, tout juste avant qu'il quitte la région pour aller étudier à Ottawa. ... See full summary »
Montreal, October 1970. Twelve-year-old Manon's family is on the verge of collapse; she and her little brother Mimi are about to be placed in Foster Care. Manon is incensed. Inspired by the... See full summary »
Aïcha est une adolescente de 14 ans qui a une relation tendue avec sa mère depuis que celle-ci a chassé de la maison son petit copain algérien que la jeune femme adorait. Quand Aïcha ... See full summary »
JP vit avec son frère Vincent, sa mère Joe et sa copine Mel dans un petit appartement de Verdun. Constamment sur la corde raide, JP tente de conserver un équilibre entre les nombreux ... See full summary »
After an unpleasant run-in with a group of bikers, a young convenience store robber (Marc) gets approached by the same bikers to help out with a picnic. After the picnic, seeing he has guts... See full summary »
This is the life story of Mary Travers also known by her stage name of La Bolduc. Mary Rose-Anna Bolduc, née Travers, was a musician and singer of French Canadian music. She was known as ... See full summary »
A recent widow living in a small Quebec town goes to Montreal to visit her busy adult son and daughter, and then on a whim decides to travel to the town of her childhood, where she hadn't set foot in decades.
One tipsy evening, Charlotte, the recently heartbroken, Megan, the anti-love anarchist, and Aube, the shy romantic, stumble into the 'Toy Depot'. Charmed by the male employees, the girls ... See full summary »
A few years after they infiltrated a therapy program for fathers and sons, Marc Laroche is having some issues with his girlfriend Alice and Jacques is experiencing intense denial towards the fact that he is growing older.
A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and happens to pick up two bags of cash and hides them in his truck. Though an interrogation of ... See full summary »
A surgeon taking care of third degree-burns, married to an intelligent and sensitive wife, father of an obedient child, a skillful handyman, an excellent cook, Louis lives in a perfect ... See full summary »
Estelle, 34 ans, conjointe et mère de famille sans histoire, s'enfonce dans une vie rangée et prévisible. Mais une série d'événements remet son identité en question. Pire : elle réalise que... See full summary »
Hochelaga, Land of Souls took home an armful of national awards for cinematography and art direction, and there is some competence in filmmaking from the director of the fantastic (and structurally similar) The Red Violin (1998). A series of short films rolled into one, as François Girard is known for, the stories are inconsistent in their punch, and in the end there's little impact for those looking beyond technical excellence.
The overarching mini story involves the archaeology grad student struggling to pay rent and get study grants, which is relatable enough. The sad sob music playing when a football player is killed during a game feels very heavy-handed, but given the outpouring of emotion over the Humboldt bus crash this year, I suppose people really would feel that depressed. The next mini story is the best at establishing passion and feeling, in part because it begins with body on body, and also the religious conflict, the threatening Christian evangelicals against the Great Spirit.
In comparison, the next couple stories are exceedingly dry and ham handed, and bring down the entire film. We have an old lady helping rebels for reasons we don't know and can't feel, and see her having a tense conversation with a British officer that's hard to care about. Okay, they knew each other for years, but are we really supposed to be impressed by dialogue such as the old lady saying speaking with him is the worst torture imaginable? Finally we have Jacques Cartier.
By the way, for a story about archaeology, that's not how it works. When you dig, the most recent is on the upper layers; the deeper, the older. They should have found the rebels first, the colonial-religious conflict next and, yes, Cartier last. That kind of reflects the film: disorganized, half-baked. As a recognition of Quebec's indigenous history, it gives us native characters who rise a little bit above the noble-savage/victims archetypes, but not by much.
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