In the streets of Montreal, Marcel knows everybody and everybody knows him. Joseph, who’s trying to understand the secrets and mysteries of the macadam, just arrived. Since he had the opportunity to visit the Amsterdam prostitutes… (and came back broke!) He wins everyone’s affection.
Marcel and Joseph are tireless walkers. Their itinerary is an invitation to discover improbable places and fascinating people. Everlastingly looking for Stanley, Marcel’s only friend, they meet an unlikely crowd made of extravagant characters. Each has a story to tell, his hope to share: Leo, the epic hunter who reveals his secret strategy to kill a seal; Germaine who’s consideration forced her to get married in slippers so she would not be taller than her man; David, the ex-lawyer who cannot forget the red dressing gown of his formerly mistress; “The Duck”, named likely because of the way he walks, consequence of a failed suicide attempt; the delirious Santa Claus in need of valiums; Roland who desperately wants Marcel to wear pink pants; Armand who regrets Johnny Carson’s shows…
Poverty and Other Delights tell us the touching and humorous story of a rising friendship between Marcel and Joseph. Will they be able to find Stanley before it is too late?
Arcand was born in Deschambault, Quebec. He grew up in a devoutly Roman Catholic home in a village about 40 km southwest of Quebec City. He attended Jesuit school for nine years. Entering his teen years, the family moved to Montreal and although he dreamed about being a professional tennis player, while studying for a Masters Degree in history at the Université de Montréal he became involved in film making that gave him a new sense of direction. During his university days, he and several friends would drive 600 km to New York City every few months to take in European films playing there that were not available in Quebec.
In 1963, he joined the National Film Board of Canada where he produced several award-winning documentaries in his native French language. A social activist, he made a feature-length documentary in 1970 titled On est au coton (We work in Cotton) that showed the exploitation of textile workers. The film caused an uproar that resulted in it not being distributed… read more