68 minutes – Comedy
Release date: August 8, 1965
Production company: National Film Board of Canada
Canadian Distributor: Columbia Pictures
This first feature film by Gilles Carle centres on the innocent misadventures of happy-go-lucky Léopold, a snowplow driver. The entire movie takes place over the course of a single day—Christmas Eve—from breakfast to midnight Mass. Hit by a bad snowstorm, Montréal’s streets need clearing and so Léopold has little time for little else. Unfortunately, real life intervenes. He must find time to take out a loan, buy his wife a fur coat, take his son to choir practice, meet his cousin at the station then watch her rehearse her nightclub act, all while evading detection by his boss. It’s a whimsical tale in which the viewer gets swept up in Léopold’s adventurous day and despite twists and turns and unforseen obstackles that would fall a stronger man, for Léopold everything falls neatly into place with warmth and good-natured humour.
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