In this witty tragicomedy, 50-something Montreal college professor Remy learns that he is dying of liver cancer. During his final days, he is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his son, as they reflect on their exploits and political ideals.
The first Canadian film to win Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, this Québécois hit is both beautifully observant and politically attuned, a skillful balance of comedy and drama. Starring Marie-Josée Croze, who won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her intense, tenacious performance.
Made me cry, both times I watched it. The opening sequence is unbelievable filmmaking as well, those long steadicam shots. And the characters are so fully realized, the dialog so good, everything about this movie is splendid.
A challenging film though the performances and script is truly amazing. Death and dying is a troubling subject for any genre (see my review for The Bucket List at my blog http://www.rorydean.wordpress.com) but this film is as ARNAUD writes, a layered film that deserves your attention and your time. The story and dialog are so intertwined that the characters feel like old friends, family even. Touching and memorable.
I recently lost my dad. He was an intellectual/academic/contrarian (not as open about his philandering). Standoffish in life, in the end he was surrounded by most of the people important to him. I'm not wealthy like the son in the film, but like him, despite a complicated paternal relationship, I did my best to give my dad what he needed but wouldn't ask for. The film truly hit home for me, title and all. Art. Life.
This is the ideal way to die--attended by understanding family and bathed in the jokes and shenanigans of the intellectual and sensual comrades of a lifetime. Could there be a more satisfying way to go?
Scegliere come morire è un privilegio che capita a pochi.
Come scritto da Gli spietati "aneddoti a sfondo sessuale, politico, sociologico e filosofico perdono valore all'ombra di una morte che muta il cinismo e il sarcasmo in mestizia". Quindi la morte, il tempo dei bilanci, le persone che ti vogliono davvero bene e quelle che invece, anche fingendo, ti fanno sentire bene.Il bisogno di essere amati sopra ogni cosa