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PROFESSION DU PÈRE
(MY FATHER’S STORIES)

by Jean-Pierre Améris
2021 | 105 min

AVAILABLE ONLY IN ONTARIO 
Drama | France | French (English subtitles)

Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Audrey Dana, Jules Lefebvre, Tom Levy, Nicolas Bridet

ENGLISH CANADA PREMIERE

Lyon, 1960s. Emile is twelve years old. His father is a hero. He says he is a judo champ, a parachutist, a soccer player and even a personal advisor to General de Gaulle. Now he wants to save French Algeria! Fascinated and proud, Emile willingly follows his father in missions of utmost danger: tailing, spying, delivering top-secret letters. Emile carries out his orders in all seriousness. He even recruits Luca, a new classmate, into his secret combat. But what if the father’s exploits were all phony, and far too dangerous for children?

In co-presentation with 

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FESTIVALS:  

  • Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (2021)

  • Helvetia French Film Festival (Switzerland, 2020)

FILM REVIEWS:  

Benoît Poelvoorde once again delivers an exceptional performance.

— Le Parisien

 

The ambiguity of the role of head of the family, as zany as it is disturbing, perfectly suits the talent of Benoit Poelvoorde, and the performance of Jules Lefebvre in the skin of the young Emile is to be saluted.

— Cnews (translated from French)

 

Poelvoorde reigns supreme over this intimate, oppressive, cruel little nightmare ...

— Femme Actuelle (translated from French)

 

Reflecting on the theme of denial of reality, this new film by Jean-Pierre Améris accurately portrays the paradoxes of a father-son relationship.

— Cinema Files (translated from French)

 

A strange and endearing feature film.

— Ouest France (translated from French)

 

Based on Sorj Chalandon's homonymous story, Jean-Pierre Améris signs a subtle, sensitive movie about the collateral damage caused by a parent's madness.

— Télé 7 Jours (translated from French)

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