Slightly-unkempt, tired, and frail, Philippe Lanctot moves into a rest home. The administrator says she wants him to be happy, but that seems far from his mind: he’s waiting to die. Then, into his room, unannounced, rolls the voluble Victor Laprade, who draws out Philippe over the next few months. Victor gives Philippe the gift of experiencing the moment. In return, the well-heeled Philippe organizes field trips to dinner and to a botanical garden, and, unknown to Victor, becomes the man’s benefactor when Victor’s children get stingy.
After a woman is found butchered in her New York apartment, suspicion falls on her estranged husband, an ad executive who has suddenly left town on a cross-country road trip. He takes along a beautiful girl he met in a bar and a drifter he picked up along the way. A cop sets out after the husband, but he’s more interested in shaking him down than bringing him back.
A low-level criminal named Theo has just gotten out of jail by trading information to the authorities about some of Montreal’s most notorious crooks. Eager to make his way to the States, Theo agrees to pull off a heist for a government official in exchange for a guaranteed route to the the U.S. for him and his son. Theo, working with a crew that includes his boy, almost pulls the job off flawlessly — but the group’s one mistake may jeopardize the lives of everyone involved.
This lively and off-beat Canadian comedy tells the tale of a regular Joe whose life is turned topsy turvy when he teams up with a strange restaurateur who convinces the fellow to invest in his latest project: an Italian restaurant with operatic waiters.
Following the sudden death of Albert, her husband of 40 years, Adèle, the mother of eight children already in her 50s, finds herself alone, cheated and betrayed by life. Faced with her grudges, she risks sinking into depression, but finally manages to take control of her destiny and open up to the world surrounding her.
Quebec, the 1830s and 1840s. As she attends the bedside of Jérôme, her second husband, Élisabeth recalls her youth, her marriage to her first husband, Antoine, life in remote Kamouraska where he is seigneur, their love dissolving in his mental illness and cruelties, her falling in love with an American physician, Georges Nelson, and the aftermath of Antoine’s violent death.
Summer’s Children is the story of a young man who tries to escape his troubled home and sister to find a new life for himself. He takes on a new job and enters into new relationships, but his sister pursues him in a cat and mouse game, getting into trouble in the city’s seedy underground. In a series of flashbacks, we discover the reasons for his initial departure, as he and his sister try to find a peaceful resolution to their feelings about each other.
Football is the focus of this drama, adapted from Frederick Exley’s famous novel. It tells the tale of an aspiring writer obsessed with football. His father was a football star, and the writer, wanting to follow in his dad’s illustrious footsteps, constantly berates himself for not having any talent for the sport at all. The young man becomes so distraught, that he winds up in a mental hospital. In time, he comes to accept the fact that he is destined to be only a fan of the game.