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Les bon débarras

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120 minutes -Drama
Release date: February 28, 1979
Canadian distributor: Pan-Canadian Film Distributors
Les don debarras is a gothic tale of passion, jealousy and all-embracing love that centres on 13-year-old Manon, her unmarried mother, Michelle, and her mother’s retarded brother, Guy. The rural setting, in the Laurentian Mountains north of Montréal, adds to a general feeling of isolation and bleakness created by a cold, grey, uninviting autumn landscape. The family ekes out a small living by chopping and selling firewood. Manon, best described as precocious, is obsessed with obtaining her mother`s love but Michelle is the focus of several people who all demand her affection. In addition to Manon and Guy, there is Maurice, her policeman boyfriend, and Gaétan, a mechanic and friend of Manon. When Michelle discovers she is pregnant by Maurice, she attempts to share her joy with Manon, but it has the opposite effect. Marion anguishes over the news and then leaves home. When she returns, she sets out purposely to take control of her world. She drives Guy to suicide and then persuades Michelle to cut her ties with Maurice. The isolation is nearly complete as the multi-award-winning film builds toward its startling and inevitable climax. The film was selected as Best Canadian film of 1980 at the Genie Awards and also won 7 other Genies.



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Crew:
Producer: Claude Godbout
Marcia Couëlle
Director:

Francis Mankiewicz

Screenwriter:

Réjean Ducharme

Cinematographer:

Michel Brault

Editor:

André Corriveau

Composer:

Bernard Buisson

Cast:Roles:

Marie Tifo
Charlotte Laurier
Germain Houde
Roger Lebel
Louise Marleau
Gilbert Sicotte
Jean Pierre Bergeron
Serge Thériault
Leo Ilial
Madeleine Chartrand
Louise Rinfret
Eric Beauséjour
Jean-Pierre Duplessis
Marcella Fajardo
Marie Laurier

Michelle
Manon
Guy
Maurice
Mrs. Viau-Vachon
Gaetan
Fernand
Lucien
Samaritain
Girl at the bar
Girl at the bar
Cousin
Cousin
Cousin
Cousin