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12 Québécois books brought to the screen

Billie Blue

V.O.: Coeur de Slush
Can. 2023. Sentimental comedy by Mariloup Wolfe with Liliane Skelly, Joseph Delorey, Camille Felton. A tall, slender teenage water park lifeguard falls in love with a young cycling prodigy who is also coveted by her older sister.
Runtime: 115 min.
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The Dishwasher

V.O.: Le Plongeur
Can. 2022. Mores drama by Francis Leclerc with Henri Picard, Charles-Aubey Houde, Joan Hart. As the holidays approach, a nineteen-year-old from Montreal with no apartment gets a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant to pay off his heavy gambling debts.
Runtime: 127 min.
Parental Guidance
Can. 2021. Drama by Sébastien Pilote with Sara Montpetit, Sébastien Ricard, Hélène Florent. At the beginning of the 20th century, in the Lac Saint-Jean region, the daughter of a settler is courted by three men with very different personalities.
Runtime: 159 min.

Goddess of the Fireflies

V.O.: La Déesse des mouches à feu
Can. 2019. Drama by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette with Kelly Depeault, Caroline Néron, Normand D'Amour. While her parents are in the middle of a divorce, a shy teenage girl falls in with the delinquents at her high school and gets a taste of fool’s paradise.
Runtime: 105 min.

And the Birds Rained Down

V.O.: Il pleuvait des oiseaux
Can. 2019. Drama by Louise Archambault with Andrée Lachapelle, Gilbert Sicotte, Rémy Girard. An 80-year-old woman who has escaped from an asylum and a young photographer burst into the lives of two old men living as hermits on the shores of a remote lake.
Runtime: 127 min.
Can. 2019. Drama by Myriam Verreault with Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao, Yamie Grégoire, Étienne Galloy. As they approach adulthood, the friendship of two North Shore Innu women is tested by their differing dreams for the future.
Runtime: 117 min.

Barefoot at Dawn

V.O.: Pieds nus dans l'aube
Can. 2017. Chronicle by Francis Leclerc with Justin Leyrolles-Bouchard, Roy Dupuis, Julien Leclerc. In the fall of 1926 in La Tuque, 12-year-old Félix Leclerc befriends a boy his own age from a very poor family, who helps him hear the call of the sea.
Runtime: 114 min.

Worst Case, We Get Married

V.O.: Et au pire, on se mariera
Can. 2017. Drama by Léa Pool with Sophie Nélisse, Jean-Simon Leduc, Karine Vanasse. In search of identity and love, a 14-year-old girl, who has a strained relationship with her mother, falls in love with a cook twice her age.
Runtime: 91 min.
Can. 2015. Dramatic comedy by François Bouvier with François Létourneau, Gilbert Sicotte, Julie Le Breton. In 1999, in the suburbs of Quebec City, a printer and aspiring cartoonist witnesses the slow decline of his father-in-law who has pancreatic cancer.
Runtime: 98 min.
Can. 2011. Drama by Philippe Falardeau with Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron. An Algerian awaiting refugee status is tricked into replacing a Montreal teacher who hanged herself in her Grade Six classroom.
Runtime: 95 min.

Seven Days

V.O.: Les Sept Jours du talion
Can. 2010. Thriller by Daniel Grou-Podz with Claude Legault, Rémy Girard, Martin Dubreuil. His little girl having been raped and murdered by a pedophile, a surgeon captures him and subjects him to seven days of torture, at the end of which he intends to execute him.
Runtime: 111 min.
Can. 1973. Sentimental drama by Claude Jutra with Geneviève Bujold, Richard Jordan, Philippe Léotard. Unhappy with her husband, the Lord of Kamouraska, a young woman urges an American doctor to kill him.
Runtime: 123 min.
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