Le déclin de l’empire américain (The Decline of the American Empire)

Director Denys Arcand
Year 1986
Run Time 101min
Genre Comedy, Drama
In a country cottage beside the still waters of Lake Memphremagog in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, eight intellectuals share a night of frank discussion about life, love, sex and everything in between.

While the story is set in the world of academia, there’s nothing bookish or stuffy about the stories that emerge! Satirical and witty, Le déclin evolves from a comedy of manners to a poignant and moving exploration of relationship and loss.

Ranking twice in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time list (both the 1993 and 2004 lists), the film was nominated for an Academy Award and winner of nine Genie Awards.

Director

Denys Arcand

Writer

Denys Arcand

Cast

Pierre Curzi, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal, Rémy Girard, Gabriel Arcand

Producers

Roger Frappier, René Malo

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Family Relationships, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

French

Les invasions barbares (The Barbarian Invasions)

Director Denys Arcand
Year 2003
Run Time 99min
Genre Comedy
In this follow-up film to The Decline of the American Empire, Denys Arcand continues the story of Remy (Girard) a womanizing professor who is now terminally ill with cancer. It’s been 17 years, and Remy is divorced, estranged from his son and his friends, and in search of redemption and forgiveness. As Remy reunites with old friends and loved ones to reminisce about their younger days, the conversations are as gloriously all-encompassing in their scope as they were in Arcand’s previous film.

An illuminating bittersweet-comedy that won Canada’s first Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The film also won the award for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival and nearly 50 other awards.

Director

Denys Arcand

Writer

Denys Arcand

Cast

Rémy Girard, Dorothée Berryman, Stéphane Rousseau, Marie-Josée Croze

Producers

Daniel Louis, Denise Robert

Genre

Comedy

Interests

Arts and Culture, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

French

Les Boys (The “Boys”)

Director Louis Saïa
Year 1998
Run Time 110min
Genre Comedy, Drama
This hockey comedy is a true phenomenon. Les Boys has captured the hearts of Canadian audiences with its rowdy humour, down-to-earth characterizations and appealing plots.

Stan (Girard), the very likeable tavern owner and hockey coach, allows himself to run up a huge gambling debt to Meo (Lebeau), the local Mob boss. 

Meo offers Stan a deal: If his pub's team, Les Boys, can defeat Meo's band of thugs at a game of hockey, the tavern remains his. If not, the Mob will take over Chez Stan. Naturally, Les Boys, an out-of-shape group of hockey enthusiasts, are highly motivated to win the game. How they go about doing so, however, is a slapshot of laughs.

Director

Louis Saïa

Montreal director/actor/writer Saïa is known for his trilogy Les Boys I, II and III, each of which won the Golden Reel Award for biggest box-office gross in Canada. Saïa’s TV directing credits include the French-language Vice caché, Max Inc. and the Les Boys television adaptation, as well as the feature Dangerous People.

Writers

Louis Saïa, Christian Fournier

Cast

Marc Messier, Rémy Girard, Patrick Huard

Producers

Richard Goudreau, Jeffrey Tinnell

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

Classics, Sports

Original Language

French

Louis 19, le roi des ondes (Louis the 19th, King of the Airwaves)

Director Michel Poulette
Year 1994
Run Time 95min
Genre Comedy, Drama
In this engaging comedy, Louis Jobin (Drainville), a TV addict, wins a contest to become the subject of a “reality” television series. As the winner, Louis will be followed everywhere by a camera crew, non-stop for three months. A lonely and goofy guy, Louis is initially thrilled and expects his life to change for the better. But when a huge audience responds to the show and media frenzy starts building around him, Louis discovers that it’s not easy being a celebrity. This film was remade by Ron Howard as EDtv.

“Particularly astonishing…its commentary was both funny and telling.” — Matthew Hays, Montage

Director

Michel Poulette

Montreal writer/director Poulette’s film Louis 19, le roi des ondes earned the Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature as well as the Golden Reel Award. His feature Maïna was nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards and three Jutras. He directed Agent of Influence starring Oscar winner Christopher Plummer, several recent TV movies and the series Real Detective.

Writers

Sylvie Bouchard, Émile Gaudreault, Michel Michaud, Michel Poulette

Cast

Martin Drainville, Agathe Lafontaine, Dominique Michel, Yves Jacques, Patricia Tulasne

Producers

Jacques Dorfmann, Richard Sadler

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

French

Le coq de St-Victor (The Rooster of St-Victor)

Director Pierre Greco
Year 2014
Run Time 80min
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
In the village of St-Victor, no one needs an alarm clock because the mayor has a very punctual (and very loud!) rooster, who wakes the whole village up at 4 AM every single day. When a few tired and disgruntled villagers hatch a scheme to get rid of the rooster, the wily mayor of a neighbouring village offers to exchange his donkey for their bird.

Initially delighted, the villagers soon come to regret their choice, as St-Victor is thrown into chaos – the baker doesn’t bake, the deliveryman doesn’t deliver, and absolutely nothing is working like clockwork! Now they must come up with a new plan to rescue their trusty rooster and bring balance and prosperity back to St-Victor.

Director

Pierre Greco

Writers

Pierre Greco, Johanne Mercier

Cast

Benoît Brière, Paul Ahmarani, Anne Dorval

Producer

Nancy Savard

Genres

Animation, Comedy, Family

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

French

Requiem pour une romance (Requiem For Romance)

Director Jonathan Ng
Year 2012
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation, Drama
A couple's breakup phone call takes on epic proportions in the director's imagination as the lovers become warriors in feudal China. 

Director

Jonathan Ng

Writer

Jonathan Ng

Producer

Jonathan Ng

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Global Experiences

Original Language

French

Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves

Director Neil Christopher (Inuk)
Year 2011
Run Time 12min
Genre Animation, Drama
It begins as a hunting trip out on the ice for two Inuit hunters. However, soon they find themselves lost and the only safe haven to be found for miles is a mysterious village filled with the sounds of drum dancing and revelry. Unfortunately, this village turns out to be even more dangerous than the frigid ocean as the men realize that in this strange land, men can change into wolves.
 

Director

Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Writer

Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Producers

Neil Christopher (Inuk), Louise Flaherty (Inuk)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Giant Bear

Directors Daniel Gies, Neil Christopher (Inuk)
Year 2019
Run Time 12min
Genre Animation, Drama
A stunning animation of an Inuit legend in which a hunter battles his greatest foe, a giant bear. Content Note: Graphic animated violence.

Directors

Daniel Gies, Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Writers

Neil Christopher (Inuk), Jose Angutinngurniq (Inuk)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Mon oncle Antoine (My Uncle Antoine)

Director Claude Jutra
Year 1971
Run Time 107min
Genre Drama
A small asbestos-mining town in Quebec of the 1940s is the setting for this legendary, bittersweet slice-of-life comedy.

Orphaned 14-year-old Benoît (Gagnon) arrives to live with a foster family and becomes a part of the exploits of village life, both comic and tragic. In the film’s set piece, Benoît goes with his uncle Antoine (Duceppe), the town undertaker, to collect the remains of a young lad, who must be buried despite an unrelenting snowstorm. Gagnon gives a hauntingly realistic portrayal of a young boy discovering life’s funny and tragic turns.

Often chosen as the finest Canadian film of all time, Mon Oncle Antoine won eight Canadian Film Awards, including Best Film, Director and Actor.

“In the loneliness and grandeur of the midnight journey of Benoît and Antoine, there is a haunting beauty.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Director

Claude Jutra

A prolific filmmaker, Jutra directed more than 30 productions, including Kamouraska, Surfacing (based on Margaret Atwood’s novel by the same name) and By Design. Mon oncle Antoine currently ranks second on the Toronto International Film Festival’s list of the top ten Canadian films of all time.

Writers

Claude Jutra, Clément Perron

Cast

Jacques Gagnon, Jean Duceppe, Claude Jutra, Lyne Champagne, Olivette Thibault

Producer

Marc Beaudet

Genre

Drama

Interests

Classics, Family Relationships

Original Language

French

J.A. Martin photographe (J.A. Martin Photographer)

Director Jean Beaudin
Year 1997
Run Time 100min
Genre Drama
It’s no secret that much of an artist’s craft is spent in solitude. For photographer J. A. Martin (Sabourin) in late 1800s Quebec, solitude is found in the countryside during the summer, when he travels around taking beautiful photographs to sell.

After 14 years of marriage, Martin’s wife (Mercure) decides to accompany him on one of his summer tours, using it as an opportunity to try to rekindle their relationship as they explore the uniquely beautiful landscapes of rural Quebec.

Winner of three Canadian Film Awards (including Best Feature Film) and the Best Actress award for Monique Mercure at the Cannes Film Festival.

Director

Jean Beaudin

Writers

Jean Beaudin, Marcel Sabourin

Cast

Marcel Sabourin, Monique Mercure, Luce Guilbeault, Jean Lapointe

Producer

Jean-Marc Garand

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography

Original Language

French