A film by Philippe Falardeau, 2006

Genre: Drama / Comedy

Languages: French

Subtitles: English

Format: 1 :1.85

Sound: Dolby SR

Duration: 90 min

Countries: Canada, Belgium, France

Year: 2006




Michel, son of a paralysed writer, husband to a Congolese refugee and father of a future tennis champion, is an erratic Belgian inventor whose boss does not understand him. At the age of 41, he discovers he is adopted and was born secretly in a barn… in Quebec. And that’s just the start of the story. Louis Legros, a gifted Quebec gemmologist, is eagerly awaited in Antwerp where he is to give a conference. But when the Minister of Energy summons him to ask for his help, Louis cancels his trip and returns to the village of his childhood, retracing the footsteps of his father who disappeared two years earlier. He is looking for the blueprint of a revolutionary electric car designed by his father and coveted by the government. Sainte-Cécile is an uninspiring village, the sort you drive through without a glance. In the summer of the year 2000, Michel and Louis meet there by accident, like two missiles with converging trajectories. The collision will change their lives, those of their families and the whole future of the car industry.


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Director: Philippe Falardeau
Script: Philippe Falardeau
Director of Photography: André Turpin
Sound: Laurent Benaïm
Editor: Frédérique Broos
Artistic direction: Jean Babin


Cast:  Olivier Gourmet, Paul Ahmarani, Jean Pierre Cassel, Claudia Tagbo, Arnaud Mouithys, Lorraine Pintal, Gabriel Arcand, Guy Pion


Produced by Tarantula (Belgium), Tarantula (France), Micro-scope (Canada), RTBF (belgian television)


Internationales sales : The Works


Festival International de Cannes 2006
Film de clôture - Quinzaine des réalisateurs

Festival du film de Munich, Allemagne

Festival international du film de Toronto
Section "Special Présentation"

Festival du film de l'Atlantique, Halifax, N.-E
Prix du meilleur film Canadien

Festival international du film de Vancouver, C.-B.

Festival international du film francophone de Namur, Belgique

Festival international du film de Pusan, Corée du Sud

Rencontres du cinéma francophone en Beaujolais, Villefranche sur Saone, France

Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal, Québec
Film d'ouverture

Festival en route vers le monde, La Roche sur Yon, France

Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rouyn-Noranda, Qc

Festival du film de Sarlat, France

Cinéma du Québec à Paris, France
Film d'ouverture

Festival du film de Whisler, C.-B.

Festival international du film de Palm Springs, Etats-Unis - 2007

Festival du film de Cornwall (Toronto Film Circuit), Ontario

Festival international du film de Göteborg, Suède

Toronto Top Ten (Toronto Film Circuit), Ontario

Vancouver Rendez-Vous (Toronto Film Circuit), C.-B.

Festival du film de North Bay (Toronto Film Circuit), Ontario

Festival du film de Salmon Arm (Toronto Film Circuit), C.-B.

Festival international du film de Santa Barbara, Etats-Unis

Annual Canadian Cinema Showcase : North of Hollywood Tour (Toronto Film Circuit), Royaume-Uni et Irlande

Festival du film Canadien de Kingston (Toronto Film Circuit), Ontario

Festival du film Canadien de London (Toronto Film Circuit), Ontario

Festival du film de Thunder Bay (Toronto Film Circuit), Ontario

Jutras of Canadian academy of cinema and television : Best Film, Best Movie Maker, Best Actor, Best Supporting Role, Best Script