Route 132

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Route 132
Canada, 2010, 113 Minute Running Time
Topic: Drama
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles

This poignant tale of a father devastated by his 5-year-old son's death, never hits a wrong note, thanks to standout performances and a script that patiently builds characters of such dimensionality that each surprise twist lends increased psychological rightness. Unable to cope with his young son's sudden demise from meningitis, Montrealer Gilles runs away from the doctor, the funeral, his university teaching job and the whole city, thanks to a chance meeting with disreputable old pal Bob (co-scripter Alexis Martin), with whom he drunkenly schemes to knock over banks in the boondocks.

Gilles' short-lived crime wave seems intended as a form of suicide, his itinerary reading like a desperate return to the past by a man who sees no future. He keeps journeying back to his roots, making the rounds of his relatives, ostensibly to cadge food and lodging. Gilles' desperate need to come to terms with personal tragedy colors his exchanges with family members, many of whom, it turns out, have experienced similar grief. Much of film’s considerable charm results from its canny contrast between city and country, between Bob's footloose opportunism and the deep-rooted, unabashed emotional directness of Gilles' rediscovered family.

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DIRECTOR: Louis Bélanger
Producer: Fabienne Larouche, Denise Robert, Michel Trudeau, Daniel Louis
Editor: Claude Palardy
Screenwriter: Louis Bélanger, Alexis Martin
Cinematographer: Pierre Mignot
Music: Benoit Charest, Guy Bélanger
Principal Cast: François Papineau, Alexis Martin, Sophie Bourgeois, Andrée Lachapelle, Gilles Renaud, Janine Sutto
Filmography: The Timekeeper (2009), Le génie du crime (2006), Gaz Bar Blues (2003), Post Mortem (1999)

Print Source: FunFilm Distribution Inc. -

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