Archive of films Le Démantèlement / Le Démantèlement
2013, 111 min
Section: Another View
Sixty-year-old Gaby lives on a farm raising lambs. His wife abandoned him years ago, and his daughters live in Montreal. One day, the older sister asks him for financial support. A contemplative film that gives a convincing portrayal of the inner world of Gaby, a man forced to confront a critical decision in his life. The film was screened during Critics’ Week at this year’s Cannes IFF.
Gaby Gagnon is a man of around sixty who lives on a farm raising lambs. His father has died, his brothers have no interest in the farm, his wife left him years ago, and his daughters, whom he adores and has always pampered, live in Montreal. One day, the older sister asks her dad to help her out financially. Gaby is forced to confront a critical decision in his life. The simple story is told linearly through several chapters. The director doesn’t judge his protagonists or their deeds, choosing instead to show the audience a story in which there are no clear cuts, and offering a number of ways in which to view the given situation. This visually impressive film keeps its dialogue to a minimum, yet practically every sentence has significance. In his physical presence and soulful countenance alone, actor Gabriel Arcand in the role of Gaby gets right inside the soul of a man experiencing a turning point in his life. This contemplative film from a talented French-Canadian director was selected for Critics’ Week at this year’s Cannes IFF.
About the director
Sébastien Pilote (b. 1973, Chicoutimi, Canada) comes from Québec’s Saguenay region, where he still lives and works. In 2007 he directed the short film Dust Bowl Ha! Ha!, inspired by the closing of a local factory. The film was selected for the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals, and won the award for best short from the Association of Quebec Film Critics. 2011 saw his feature debut with the film The Salesman (Le vendeur), which was screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was later shown at a number of international festivals. The film also won the Gilles-Carle Award for best Québécois feature debut, and the Québec Film Critics’ Award, among others.
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About the film
|Dir. of Photography:||Michel La Veaux|
|Music:||Serge Nakaushi Pelletier|
|Producer:||Bernadette Payeur, Marc Daigle|
|Production:||Corporation ACPAV inc.|
|Cast:||Gabriel Arcand, Gilles Renaud, Lucie Laurier, Sophie Desmarais|
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