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60 Ratings

Boris without Béatrice

Boris sans Béatrice

Directed by Denis Côté
Canada, 2015
Drama, Comedy


The life of wealthy businessman Boris takes a turn when his wife Beatrice, a high-profile politician, falls into a deep depression. After a mysterious stranger accuses him of being responsible for her condition, he re-evaluates his life choices and tries to become a better husband, father and son.

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Boris without Béatrice Directed by Denis Côté
Beautiful to look at, the film showcases Côté's talents at building tone and theme through images and sounds. Not as relatable as his previous films, Boris sans Béatrice challenges rather than caters to audience preconceptions – for better and for worse.
March 18, 2016
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This might not be the most exciting way update the mythic cycle of taboo, frustration, and cosmic jurisprudence; the story of Tantalus' punishment, which gets recited here, is a shockingly exaggerated allegory of guilt, the king left eternally unfulfilled by his crime.
September 06, 2017
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Never mind that Beatrice is powerful and attractive in her own right, a member of the cabinet who's visited by the prime minister (Bruce La Bruce). What she truly needs is for Boris to keep his dick in his pants and come home earlier each day. With her sensually ethereal movements, which complement Hyndman's poetry of smugness, Girard almost sells this retrograde nonsense, though one awaits a punchline to upend the gender clichés that never arrives.
September 02, 2017
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