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A Paradise Too Far (2017)

Y'est où le paradis? (original title)
Upon learning of their mother's death, Samuel and Émilie, two mentally challenged siblings, run away from their group home in the middle of winter. As they go deeper and deeper in the forest, their relationship is put to the test.


Denis Langlois


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxime Dumontier ... Samuel
Marine Johnson Marine Johnson ... Émilie
Mathieu Thibodeau Mathieu Thibodeau ... Young Samuel
Roseline Lamontagne Roseline Lamontagne ... Young Émilie
Patrick Renaud ... Jean
Élyse Aussant Élyse Aussant ... Diane (as Élise Aussant)
Genevieve Morin-Dupont Genevieve Morin-Dupont ... Carole
Mark Barakat Mark Barakat ... Yves
Gisèle Trépanier Gisèle Trépanier ... Monique
Pierre Gaudette Pierre Gaudette ... Priest
Tommy Gloutney Tommy Gloutney ... Choirboy
Véronique Gallant Véronique Gallant ... Mado
Brad Gros-Louis Brad Gros-Louis ... Young man #1
Akienda Lainé Akienda Lainé ... Young man #2
Denise Andrieu Denise Andrieu ... Louise


Following the death of their mother, Samuel and Emilie, two siblings with developmental disabilities, leave the safe harbor of their lifelong home. They set out for Matchi Manitou, the magical territory in northwestern Quebec where Emilie believes her mother's soul was delivered. Samuel and Emilie's is a journey at once geographical and spiritual-one that will test the limits of their resources and their relationship. Written by Miami Film Festival

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Release Date:

4 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Quebec, Canada


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CAD1,461,239 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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A spiritual road trip.
14 November 2017 | by pg-tsincSee all my reviews

Y'est où le paradis? A Paradise too far. Life is in fact so mysterious that 'logically', there could be something as much mysterious after death. Maybe the Paradise exist somewhere... it's probably inside our mind but, is it possible to find it in a special place, out there in the sky? Simple details and words are magnified in this film: At their mother's funeral when the priest say that she is now in Paradise, the siblings, with mental disabilities take it literally, as they will do about the comment of a bum depicting the stars as dead humans. It triggers their quest to reach this place, but they will have to embark into a dangerous journey, to see again their mother. Unable to accept the reality that she is gone forever they reconstruct their experiences accordingly, as everybody does at different degrees, even genius when facing what cannot be changed, like death and the presence of evil (depicted here as fuel by drugs & guns). They embark into a very special quest inspire by the stars and slaloming through the winter cold, trolls, wolves and American Indian mythology. The film is support by a beautiful cinematography, sound track and psychological subtleness of the makers.

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