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Vincent Biron, Alexandre Leblanc
Julie Charette, Patrick Lapierre
One night, Benju (Jean Sébastien Courchesne) shows up at the home of his ex-girlfriend Angie (Sophie Desmarais) to tell her about the crazy adventure he's just been through: when he broke into the home of the daughter of Valère Gravel (Richard Fréchette), the president of a large communications company who runs an awful radio station, among other things, he was kidnapped, confined, and beaten. His intentions were noble: he wanted to help his activist friend to stop this controversial radio station, which broadcasts waves that manipulate the minds of the population. At the same time, he thought he was doing Angie a favour by avenging her, as she worked for the station a few months previously, only to be sacked when she herself tried a coup against the station. Benju has stepped into something bigger than he thought, and he must first convince Angie of the truth of his story, before he can uncover the grand scheme...
LES PAS D'ALLURE is a passion project of Alexandre Leblanc, which he has been shooting independently for several years. It's a unique proposition that strings together scenes as funny as they are strange, reflecting on our society but that never taking itself too seriously. The film is presented in a beautiful, textured black-and-white, courtesy of cinematographer Vincent Biron, that evokes the independent cinema of the ’90s, with a sometimes orchestral, sometimes rock soundtrack by Peter Venne. The all-star cast has a field day with the hilarious dialogue and larger-than-life characters, all played with surprising naturalness. The work is a curiosity that mixes situational humour and cynicism, reminiscent of Stéphane Lafleur's films. We also note the influence of science-fiction cinema, the paranoid thrillers of the 1970s, and of course comics, which manifest themselves in 2D animation, stylizing the proposition and even bringing a fantastic side to it. – Translation: Rupert Bottenberg
An irreverent, subversive, and anti-establishment black comedy, a deeply humane love story, and a true repertory classic.
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