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Un zoo la nuit

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116 minutes – Drama
Release date: 1987
US release date: March 30, 1988 (New York)
Canadian distributor:

It is hard to imagine a more auspicious debut for a director. Un zoo la nuit won a record 13 Genie Awards including Best Picture. Jean-Cluade Lauzon won both Director and Screenwriter honours. Un zoo la nuit, or Night Zoo as it was retitled in English, is a journey into the jungle of Montréal`s underworld. The human zoo with it`s captive wild life. The nights that never end. The city as lonely and untamed as any wilderness. . . and twice as threatening. Marcel is released from prison only to find his father dying, his girl-friend on the skids, and the crooked cops that put him in jail coming back for more. Slowly at first, but then with the desperation of a man gasping for air, Marcel attempts to sever his ties with the underworld once and for all. And begin a tender, sometimes painful reconciliation with his father–the father he never really knew. A visually stunning and somewhat pretentious film, even for a debut effort, some critics wrote at the time of its release that was ultimately too cliched and marred by its own moral ambivalence. However, to win 13 Genies must mean something and the film remains highly watchable. Look for director Denys Arcand as a customer in a sex-shop. He would also appear in Lauzon’s only other feature, Léolo.

The English version of the poster on the right is scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.



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Crew:
Producer:

Roger Frappier
Pierre Gendron

Associate Producer:

Louise Gendron

Director:

Jean-Claude Lauzon

Screenwriter:

Jean-Claude Lauzon

Cinematographer:

Guy Dufaux

Editor:

Michel Arcand

Composer:

Jean Corriveau
Robert Stanley

Production Designer:

Michèle Forest

Art Director:

Jean-Baptiste Tard

Costume Designer:

Andrée Morin

Cast:Roles:

Gilles Maheu
Roger Lebel
Lorne Brass
Germain Houde
Jerry Snell
Corrado Mastropasqua
Lynne Adams
Anna-Marie Giannotti
Nereo Lorenzi
Nicolas Clarizio
Amulette Garneau
Luc Proulx
Jean-Pierre Saulnier
Jean Pierre Bergeron
Vincent Ierfino
Denys Arcand
Walter Massey
Jacques Pelletier

Marcel
Albert
George
Charlie
An American
Tony
Julie
Angelica
Pepe
Worker
Yvonne
Cook
Guard
Guard
Worker
Man at a peep-show
Mr. Chagnon
Stretcher-bearer