It takes about 28 days for the moon to orbit the earth and approximately 60 minutes for “Far Side of the Moon” to reveal its full splendor. Written and directed by Robert Lepage, the French-Canadian stage director, filmmaker and actor, this alternately rewarding and frustrating drama concerns two estranged brothers who, shortly after the death of their mother, find themselves in each other’s gravitational pull. For each brother, the other man represents the far or dark side of the moon, that mysterious and hidden realm so beloved by both progressive rock bands and the metaphorically minded. Based on Mr. Lepage’s play of the same title, “Far Side of the Moon” carries traces of the theater both in some of the dialogue and in its schematic construction. That said, it has been beautifully shot by the cinematographer Ronald Plante in the kind of high-definition digital video that makes the future of cinema look rather less grim than usual. It takes time, but Mr. Lepage does eventually shake off the theatrical trappings that drag down some early scenes to settle into a cinematic groove. —The New York Times
Robert Lepage, CC, OQ (born December 12, 1957 in Québec City) is a playwright, actor, film director, and stage director from Québec City, Québec, and is one of Canada’s most honoured theatre artists.
Lepage was raised in Québec City. At age five, he was diagnosed with a rare form of alopecia, which caused complete hair loss over his whole body. As a teenager he struggled with depression, and turned to drama classes to conquer his shyness.
Between 1975 and 1978, he studied theatre at Québec City’s Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique. He subsequently participated in workshops at Alain Knapp’s theatre school in Paris, France.
After coming back to Québec City, he wrote, directed and played in a few independent productions and joined Théâtre Repère in 1982. With that company, he created Circulations (1984), which was presented across Canada and won an award as best Canadian production during La Quinzaine Internationale de Théâtre de Québec. The following year, he created… read more
Without a doubt one of my new favorite french Canadian films. At first I wasn't sure what to expect but it was an elegantly balanced peice of drama, philosophy and surrealism. I was drawn into the characters and the beautiful score. Highly recommended to anyone interested.