Les bons débarras (Good Riddance)

Director: Francis Mankiewicz Year: 1980 Run Time: 120min
Les bons débarras (Good Riddance) (1980)

Manon (Laurier) is a lonely and precocious 13-year-old living in an isolated region of Quebec with her mother Michelle (Tifo) and uncle Guy (Houde). Her mother is preoccupied with her own responsibilities toward her developmentally delayed brother and her relationships with two unlikely suitors. Desperate for her mother’s love, Manon runs away and concocts increasingly dramatic ways to regain her attention.

Soon, the insurmountable pressures of poverty, family strife and her mother’s tumultuous love triangle force Manon to make serious decisions about her future and her relationship with Michelle.

Considered one of the greatest French-Canadian films ever, this evocative tale of passion, jealousy and love won eight Genie Awards, including Best Film.

Staff Pick:

"Canadian films are often said to have an underlying darkness to them, an unsettling pathology of some kind. This small town story of a young child's obsession with her mother is no exception and will leave you rattled.­" —Melissa


Francis Mankiewicz


Réjean Ducharme


Marcia Couëlle, Claude Godbout


Charlotte Laurier, Marie Tifo, Germain Houde






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Les bon débarras (Good Riddance) is filmed and set in Quebec. Francis Mankiewicz is from Quebec.

Ratings by Province:

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13+ Québec
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