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Love & Human Remains (1993)

R | | Drama, Comedy | 23 June 1995 (USA)
Set in a dreary urban landscape of Edmonton, LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS is a dark comedy about a group of twentysomethings looking for love and meaning in the '90s. The film focuses on ... See full summary »

Director:

Denys Arcand

Writers:

Brad Fraser (play), Brad Fraser (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Gibson ... David
Ruth Marshall ... Candy
Cameron Bancroft ... Bernie
Mia Kirshner ... Benita
Joanne Vannicola ... Jerri
Matthew Ferguson ... Kane
Rick Roberts ... Robert
Aidan Devine ... Sal (as Aidan Devin)
Robert Higden ... The Editor
Sylvain Morin Sylvain Morin ... The Drag Queen
Ben Watt Ben Watt ... The Native Boy
Karen Young Karen Young ... The Singer
Serge Houde ... The Cowboy
Alex Wylding Alex Wylding ... The First Victim
Polly Shannon ... The Second Victim
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Storyline

Set in a dreary urban landscape of Edmonton, LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS is a dark comedy about a group of twentysomethings looking for love and meaning in the '90s. The film focuses on roommates David, a gay waiter who has has given up on his acting career, and Candy, a book reviewer who is also David's ex-lover. David and Candy's lives are entangled with those of David's friends (a busboy, a psychic dominatrix, and a misogynistic civil-servant) and Candy's dates (a male bartender and a lesbian schoolteacher). Meanwhile, a serial killer menaces the concrete and asphalt neighbourhood in which David and Candy live. Written by Michael Stewart

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Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language, violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,280, 4 June 1995

Gross USA:

$542,985

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$542,985
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both the play and film are set in Edmonton, Alberta and there are several allusions to it in the film. As in David's remark, "Let's order a Rosebowl pizza and discuss your sexual crises" (Rose Bowl Pizza is a well-known restaurant and bar in Edmonton). In another scene, the TV news reporter signs off from "CFR-" and gets cut off by the TV remote control before she can say "-N," the final call letter of Edmonton's CTV affiliate station. See more »

Quotes

Bernie: When are you gonna do something with your life?
David: What, like you? Work at a job I hate and fuck women I can't stand.
Bernie: Fuck you, it's a life!
David: Not the kind of life I want.
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Alternate Versions

Originally rated "NC-17", some sex was trimmed to be re-rated "R". See more »

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Features One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Can't Help Falling In Love
Written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss
Performed by Karen Young
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Thought Provoking and Offbeat Drama
18 February 2001 | by Mitch-38See all my reviews

Extremely good cinematic story of gay, embittered former teen star, now waiting tables. The sexual ambiguities are explored here realistically, and with an actual human face. This, and throw in a serial killer on the loose, and you have LOVE AND THE HUMAN REMAINS. A well portrayed drama, a strange sense of humor and a mystery. The screenplay is fluid and believable. The performances are well above average, and the twists in the story are sharp.

This certainly isn't everyone's ideal notion of a movie, but for those who appreciate something different and slickly written, it's very much worthy of your time. Highly recommended.


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