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Requiem pour un beau sans-cœur

  • Quebec
  • 1992
  • 92 mins
  • DCP
  • French
  • English (subtitles)
Restored Version - Free Screening

Presented by Éléphant : mémoire du cinéma québécois

Winner: Best Canadian Film, Toronto International Film Festival 1992; Best Quebec Film of the Year, AQCC awards 1992

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Régis Savoie is a flamboyant and notorious criminal. He’s also a media phenomenon, manipulating tabloid journalists by giving them scoops himself. Régis is now serving a 25-year sentence in a penitentiary. He manages to escape by staging a spectacular but bloody breakout. A chronicle of a death foretold, the film covers his last three days on a bender. Savoie takes advantage of his freedom to settle old scores, find his girlfriend and go partying in an isolated cabin. The party soon turns into a fiasco of alcohol, cocaine and paranoia. Eight people and one video camera are the privileged witnesses to Savoie’s final hours, giving us each their own perspective of the events in various states of order and disorder, ultimately painting a fractured portrait filled with contradictions. One after the other, Savoie’s son, his lawyer, mother and girlfriend, his right-hand man and his girlfriend, a detective and a tabloid newspaper editor tell us all about this charismatic yet psychopathic man.

This video-era mystery is loosely based on the story of Richard Blass. REQUIEM POUR UN BEAU SANS-COEUR is a tour de force and a hard-hitting piece of art that has lost nothing of its edge. An improbable mix between Howard Hawks’ SCARFACE, Jacques Godbout’s LA GAMMICK and Orson Welles’ CITIZEN KANE. Gildor Roy gives an inspiring and memorable performance. Sometimes charming, sometimes terrorizing, this colourful, foul-mouthed gangster delivers a long chain of classic quotes, worthy of definitive cult status. The soundtrack, notably made up pieces by “Monsieur” Marcel Martel and the band Les Jaguars, gives the film and the Régis Savoie character personalities of their own. We are very proud to collaborate with Elephant for this special presentation of this restored copy of Robert Morin’s classic.

— Marc Lamothe