91 minutes – Drama
Release date: February 24, 1984
Production company: Les Films René Malo
Canadian distributor: Les Films René Malo
Sonatine is about the indifference and incomprehension of adults surrounding two teenage girls, Chantal (Pascale Bussières) and Louisette (Marcia Pilote), who become disillusioned with the world of adults and plan a suicide pact. The film is structured as a triptych, with one segment devoted to each of the two girls as an individual, going through the experiences that cause them to lose faith in humanity, before they plan the suicide pact in the third segment. It is the second feature film directed by the actress Micheline Lanctôt, and was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. It was nominated for five Genie Award in 1985 and Micheline Lanctôt won for Best Director. It won the Silver Lion at the 41st Venice International Film Festival in September 1984.
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