Sunday, January 30, 2011



Patrick Huard: tv host Bastien Lavallée
Janine Theriault: his wife Connie
Paul Doucet: gossip columnist Jonathan Aaronson
Raymond Bouchard: record producer and nightclub owner Gilles Lefebvre
Francois Létourneau: his son Daniel
Justin Chatwin: Tino, a waiter in his mother’s restaurant
Romina D’Ugo: Tino's girlfriend Tina
Geneviève Broillette: aspiring singer Mimi
Sarah Mutch: Adriana, a model

Stories about the “underbelly” of a city do not appeal to everyone: certainly not to me, even if it is about the disco days of Montreal back in the ‘70’s. The best thing about this film is the music but that peters out about half way through and the rest is a drag. At 2 hours and 12 minutes it overstays its welcome by about 1 hour and 12 minutes.

There is far too much emphasis on the gay side of the disco scene and the gutter- talk replete with lots of swear words and foul insults I find offensive. With hindsight I should have walked out.

for disturbing images, violence, nudity, language and some drug references.

• After leaving the disco Tino is wearing a light brown leather jacket. Between shots the collar on the right hand side moves about although he never once touches it.
• In Canada beer was sold in bottles called “stubbies” from 1962 onwards until replaced by the long-neck bottle in 1986. During one bar scene there are two long-deck bottles that would not have been available when these events took place in the late ‘70’s.

I took these candid photos of the crew setting up for the scenes inside the restaurant where Tino worked.

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