94 minutes – Drama
Release date: October 3, 1973
Réjeanne Padovani is about a corrupt Montreal-area contractor (Jean Lajeunesse), his political entourage, hired thugs, and divorced wife (Luce Guilbeault, in the title role), who only wants to see her children. The occasion is a party to celebrate the opening of a new highway. While the rich and powerful dine and drink upstairs, the strong-arm types hang out with cops and hookers in the basement. When the wife shows up unannounced, she sets in motion a series of events that ultimately lead to her death and burial beneath the highway. This biting social satire helped establish Denys Arcand’s reputation as one of Quebec’s top directors and someone not afraid to tackle political matters in feature films. – Essential Guide to Canadian Film
Réjeanne Padovani won a Canadian Film Award for Best Original Screenplay.
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