104 minutes – Drama
Language: French, Spanish
Festival release date: September 13, 2021 (Toronto International Film Festival, World Premiere)
Release date: October 15, 2021 (Québec)
Production company: micro_scope
Canadian distributor: Les Films Opale
Willy (Jorge Antonio Guerrero), a Mexican drug cartel driver, becomes involved with a drug lord’s wife, Marlena (Yoshira Escárrega). When their affair is discovered, Marlena flees the country. Willy has no know where she went, but a locket she left behind contains a picture of her aunt in Montréal. Willy begins his quest to find the love of his life. After spending four years working as a seasonal migrant worker in rural Québec, he is hired as a seasonal worker at the Bécotte farm near Montréal. Several fates intertwine, worlds meet, tensions rise, and moments of magical realism arise during the long workdays.
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