Sonatine (1984)


Chantal and Louisette don’t feel like they have a place in the world. That’s partly why the teenage girls feel such a close bond with each other. In an effort to make connections with others, they indulge in extremes: Chantal ingratiates herself with a solitary bus driver, while Louisette sneaks onto a cargo ship and attempts to befriend one of its crew members. As their respective plans go awry, the girls come to the brink of a deadly decision.

Director: Micheline Lanctôt.
Writer: Micheline Lanctôt.
Stars: Pascale Bussières, Marcia Pilote, Pierre F. Fauteux, Kliment Denchev, Yves Jacques, Pierre Giard.

1984 Venice Film Festival – Winner Best First Work (Micheline Lanctôt)
1984 Venice Film Festival – Winner of the Silver Lion.
1984 Venice Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Lion.



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  1. May 19, 2022

    Great find. Slow, quiet and sad. Quebecois cinema can be hard to find, I”m so happy you’ve uploaded a few underseen gems here!

  2. Kristoff Botski
    February 8, 2023

    An understated, melancholic gem which slowly builds to a powerful ending. Interesting contrast between the repeating motif and context of the industrial strike action (collective action/experience) vs the personal feelings of displacement and disenchantment the protagonists experience.

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