Contemporary Quebecois Cinema

Quebec province, in eastern Canada, is the only region in North America with a French-speaking majority. These language differences and its cultural isolation have resulted in a unique and vibrant contemporary cinema culture.

Le Ring

Maxime Desjardins-Tremblay | Canada | 2007 | 90 minutes
12-year-old Jessy has a tough childhood in Hochelaga (an underprivileged area of Montreal). He uses wrestling and his courage and determination to escape from his chaotic family life.

It’s Not Me I Swear! / C’est pas moi, je le jure!

Philippe Falardeau | Canada | 2008 | 110 minutes
A love story, dark comedy, family drama and tragedy all in one, the film explores everything from Catholicism in ’60s Quebec to domestic violence and growing up.

The Necessities of Life / Ce qu’il faut pour vivre

Benoît Pilon | Canada | 2008 | 102 minutes
In 1952, Inuk (Inuit Eskimo) hunter Tivii leaves his northern home and family to recuperate from tuberculosis at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, unable to speak French and faced with a completely alien world, he becomes despondent. However, Tivii eventually rediscovers his pride and energy.

Curling

Denis Côté | Canada | 2010 | 92 minutes
Portrait of a single father and his daughter, whom he isolates and obsessively protects in fear that contact with the outside world will scar her. However, their simple remote countryside existence is broken by a series of disturbing occurrences and secrets threatens to destroy the fragility of their relationship. Winner Best Director and Best Actor at the Locarno Film Festival.

Wetlands / Marécages

Guy Edoin | Canada | 2011 | 111 minutes
14-year-old Simon feels starkly out of place on his parents’ dairy farm. Explores themes of sexual identity, grief, and rural life through dysfunctional family relations.

The Salesman / Le Vendeur

Sebastien Pilote | Canada | 2012 | 107 minutes
A successful car salesman tries to stay afloat during an economic depression amid a snowy Quebec winter. Focuses on how individual losses affect a community as a whole.

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