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FFF: Route 132 (N/C 15+)
15/11/2011 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Director Louis Bélanger
Cast François Papineau, Alexis Martin, Sophie Bourgeois, Alice Morel-Michaud, Bobby Beshro, Andrée Lachapelle, Benoît McGinnis
2010 I 113mins I Int. Sales FunFilm Distribution
Louis Belanger’s tale of a father devastated by his five-year-old son’s death, never hits a wrong note, thanks to standout performances and a script that patiently builds characters. Adroitly interweaving a classic genre, the buddy roadmovie,with adults’ shattered reactions to their children’s deaths (a theme examined by fellow Canadian Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter), the film drives its universal themes through a closely observed, and very specific Quebec setting. Gilles (François Papineau), the father whose young son suddenly dies from meningitis, runs away fromthe doctor, the funeral, his university teaching job and the whole city, thanks to a chance meeting with disreputable old pal Bob (co-scripter Alexis Martin). Route 132 feels like a French Canadian Five Easy Pieces, blending comic road-movie encounters with emotionally resonant prodigal son reunions.
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