Friday, 20 July 2007


Writer/Director: Jean-Marc Vallée (Liste Noire, Los Locos, Loser Love)
Cast: Marc-André Grondin, Pierre-Luc Brillant, Maxime Tremblay, Alex Gravel, Michel Côté, Danielle Proulx
Canada, 2005

Seen: Sept 2, 2006

Reason to see: Its on my List of 101 Films I Can't Believe I Haven't Seen, recomended by a friend with extremely good taste in films (Thanks Nick!), multiple Genie winner and therefore a Canadian film

Touching story of a family in Quebec with the siblings growing up in the 60/70's. Huge nostalgia factor including great music, stubby bears and gourmet food like cheese whiz on celery sticks. But much more than it's a coming of age film mostly centred around Zach (played by Marc-André Grondin) chronicling events, experiences and emotions with family as well as socially but always with emphasis on identity and self discovery. Who are you to different people in your life? The same person? Different people? Does it change over time or stay the same? For you? For them? Is that the same, or can it be different and what happens when it is?

I highly recommend this film, it was a fascinating journey to follow this family in the triumphs and sorrows.

Shannon's Overall View:
I thought it was very good
I will watch it again
I'd widely recommend it

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