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Un 32 août sur terre

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88 minutes – Drama
Language: French
Festival release date: 1998 (Cannes)
Release date: February 11, 1999 (Québec)
Production Company: Max Films
Canadian Distributor: France Film/Red Sky

On August 32nd everything changes for 26-year-old Simone Prevost (Pascale Bussieres). After a frightening car accident, she is faced with her own mortality and solitude. With the realization that “No one is eternally eternal,” she quits her interna­tional modelling career, cancels a trip to Italy, and embarks full force on her new­found mission: to have a child. Despite his lifelong attraction to her, her best friend Philippe is taken aback by Simone’s request that he be the father. But, bound by a naive promise made earlier, he reluctantly agrees – on the absurd random condition that they conceive in a desert. Amused, but not to be deterred, Simone quickly arranges flights to the nearest desert: Salt Lake City. Alas, the salt desert, despite its awesome majesty, does not inspire their passions. Hipped off and abused further by a cabbie, Simone and Philippe are abandoned in the middle of a seemingly endless expanse of desert. As if that is not enough, they are further tested by an event that will contin­ue to haunt Simone. By the time they return to the airport they have missed their flight. The failed spontaneity of the moment weighs heavily on Philippe, and his about­face may prove catastrophic to their rela­tionship. Their journey has permanently altered their lives. They are stuck in the fuzzy territory between romantic love and profound friendship. On September 5th, they come crashing down to reality.

Un 32 août sur terre screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. Alexis Martin won the Prix Jutra for Best Actor and The film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, but was not nominated. This film marks Denis Villeneuve’s feature directorial debut and in its writeup of the film in 1998, TIFF stated Un 32 août sur terre “establishes him as an impressive new talent.”

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Roger Frappier


Denis Villeneuve


Denis Villeneuve


André Turpin


Sophie LeBlond


Pierres Desrochers
Nathalie Boileau

Art Director:

Jean Babin

Costume Designer:

Suzanne Harel

Cast: Roles:

Pascale Bussieres
Alexis Martin
Richard S. Hamilton
Serge Theriault
Emmanuel Bilodeau
Paule Baillargeon
Frederic Desager
Evelyne Rompré
Ivan Smith
Estelle Esse
Joanne Cote
R. Craig Costin
Marc Jeanty
Venelina Ghiaourov
Lee C. Fobert

Taxi Driver- Salt Lake City
Car Driver
Best Friend
Doctor at the hospital
Tanning Salon Receptionist
Rental Agent- Salt Lake City
Car Driver- Salt Lake City