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Canadian Cinema

Boris Without Béatrice

Year 2016
Runtime 93 mins
Language French
Subtitles English

Boris (James Hyndman, TRAUMA, SOUVENIRS INTIMES) is a wealthy industrialist who has everything and should want for nothing – except his life is seemingly broken. His beautiful wife Beatrice (Simone-Élise Girard, UNITE 9, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON) is paralyzed by melancholia, and his young adult daughter is disgusted by his bourgeois values and lifestyle. A string of malcontent mistresses further complicate Boris’ situation. When a stranger presents Boris with the Greek parable of Tantalus, Boris must contemplate his own hubris to cure his wife’s condition.

Director and screenwriter Denis Coté (VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR, CURLING) presents the audience with an elegantly austere modern morality tale which examines the sins of avarice, complacency and entitlement. This French-Canadian films was nominated for a Golden Bear at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.

Countries

Canada
Festivals
World Premiere, Official Selection, Competition 66th Berlinale, Germany
Director
Denis Côté
Producer
Sylvain Corbeil, Nancy Grant
Screenwriter
Denis Côté
Editor
Nicolas Roy
Music
Ghislain Poirier
Cast
Denis Lavant, Isolda Dychauk, Simone Elise Girard, James Hyndman