OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

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Le Vendeur

(The Salesman)

Part of Canada’s Top Ten 2011, as selected by the Toronto International Film Festival!

Widower Marcel Levesque (Gilbert Sicotte) is the top car salesman in a small Quebec town. He’s past retirement age, but still shows up for work every day with the same enthusiasm he had when he was younger. He’s addicted to the sale, lying when it suits him – though he prefers to call them ‘fibs dressed up with flowers.’ His only interests outside of work are his daughter Maryse (Nathalie Cavezzali) and his grandson. ‘Forget my retirement. I’m not dead yet,’ he tells Maryse when she worries about his health.

Poster art for Le VendeurPart of Marcel’s drive comes from his painful awareness of his own mortality, but it’s also sparked by the state of the town: he may actually outlast it. The paper mill is being shut down and most people are leaving. But there are events even a top salesman can’t control, and Marcel’s life is about to change suddenly and immeasurably.  

– Helen Faradji, Toronto International Film Festival


Redoutable vendeur de rêve et de liberté, Marcel Lévesque (Gilbert Sicotte, au sommet de son art) règne tranquillement chez le concessionnaire d’où il scrute l’horizon enneigé. Tourné dans la région de Dolbeau-Mistassini, dont les grands espaces paraissent d’une suffocante beauté devant la stagnation du personnage principal, Le Vendeur s’avère le bouleversant portrait d’un homme passant à côté de son existence.

En peu de mots, hormis le baratin intarissable du vendeur, et en une suite de scènes semblables à des rituels, Sébastien Pilote esquisse avec subtilité et sensibilité les difficultés économiques auxquelles font face les entreprises, et les dommages collatéraux vécus par leurs employés. Alors que le récit se développe en douceur, presque imperceptiblement, bercé délicatement par la musique de Pierre Lapointe, Pilote entretient parfaitement le suspense jusqu’au poignant dénouement.

– Manon Dumais, Voir

 

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