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La vie heureuse de Léopold Z


68 minutes – Comedy
Language: French
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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Jacques Bobet


Gilles Carle


Gilles Carle


Jean-Claude Labrecque


Werner Nold


Paul de Margerie

Cast: Roles:

Guy L’Écuyer
Paul Hébert
Suzanne Valéry
Monique Joly
Jacques Poulin
Gilles Latulippe
Bernard Lapierre
André Gagnon
Albert Millaire
Raymond Lemay

Léopold Z. Tremblay
Théophile Lemay
Catherine Tremblay
Jacques Tremblay

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