Archive of films Fair Sex / Les manèges humains

2012, 89 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2012

After studying to become a movie director, Sophie decides to work at an amusement park. Thinking his employee might be able to put her experience to practical use, her boss asks her to shoot a park video. Sophie never imagined she would be embarking on a journey which would ultimately allow her to come to terms with a trauma she experienced in her native Africa. This subjective movie benefits from superb acting performances reinforced by atmospheric music and captivating camerawork.


After studying to become a movie director, 25-year-old Sophie decides to take a summer job at an amusement park full of rides and booths. When her boss finds out about her chosen profession he asks Sophie to put her knowledge to good use: could she make a promotional film for the park? Sophie enthusiastically agrees and shooting gets underway. Little did she imagine how wrapped up in it she’d become, or that filming her friends would reveal their inner natures, their pasts, their secrets. But more than this, as the filmmaking process becomes her diary and confession, it helps her overcome the great pain and trauma she went through as a child in her native Africa. Fair Sex is an independent, subjective para-documentary that benefits from spontaneous acting performances (especially Marie-Evelyne Lessard), reinforced by apt music and fine camerawork.

About the director

Martin Laroche

Martin Laroche graduated in direction and screenwriting from the University of Quebec at Montreal. He wrote, directed, and produced his first two films. His feature film debut came in 2007 with the movie La logique du remords. In 2009 he shot Modernaire, screened in the same year at the Montreal World Film Festival. His latest film, Fair Sex, will have its world premiere screening at Karlovy Vary.


Productions Sisyphe
6797 St-Denis, H2S 2S3, Montreal
Tel: +1 514 656 159 1
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, HD CAM
World premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Martin Laroche
Screenplay: Martin Laroche
Dir. of Photography: Félix Tétreault
Music: Thomas Hellman
Editor: Catherine Legault
Producer: Martin Laroche
Production: Productions Sisyphe
Cast: Marie-Evelyne Lessard, Marc-André Brunet, Normand Daoust, Stéphanie Dawson, Alexandre Dubois
Contact: Productions Sisyphe


Martin Laroche

Film Director

Marie-Evelyne Lessard


Sebastien Croteau


Judith Dubeau

Film Crew


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