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The Far Side of the Moon (2003)

La face cachée de la lune (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 17 September 2004 (Sweden)
After the death of his mother, a man tries to discover a meaning to his life, to the universe and to rebuild a relationship with the only family he has left: his brother.

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Robert Lepage

Writers:

Robert Lepage (play), Robert Lepage
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lepage ... Philippe / André
Anne-Marie Cadieux ... La mère
Marco Poulin Marco Poulin ... Carl
Céline Bonnier ... Nathalie
Fabrice Mongeau ... Philippe á 15 ans
Raphaël Dury Raphaël Dury ... Philippe á 7 ans
Étienne Bouchard-Dauphin Étienne Bouchard-Dauphin ... André á 8 ans
Gregory Hlady ... L'interpréte
Yves Amyot ... Le barman
Richard Fréchette Richard Fréchette ... Le médecin
Érika Gagnon Érika Gagnon ... Philippe's Supervisor
Sergei Priselkov ... Alexei Leonov (as Sergei Prisselkov)
Sophie Faucher ... Presenter
Lorraine Côté Lorraine Côté ... Marie-Madeleine Bonsecours
Oleg Belkin Oleg Belkin ... Le garde du corps
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Storyline

Forty-something Quebeçois Philippe Roberge is floundering in his life. He believes that no one listens to him or takes him seriously. A graduate student in Philosophy of Scientific Culture, he has just failed his Ph.D. dissertation for the second time, his theory of interest in outer space being a narcissistic response from man being widely rejected throughout the community. To make ends meet, he works selling newspaper subscriptions. And he has a cordial but basically non-existent relationship with his ex-wife. Philippe examines his life in response to the recent death of his mother coupled with his dissertation beliefs. Although she lived in a care home, he acted as her primary caregiver. His only remaining family is his younger gay brother, André, the two who could not have more different temperaments. As such, they do not get along. Following his mother's death, Philippe's thoughts about his life are influenced by three major incidents: being invited to speak at a major conference... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English | Russian

Release Date:

17 September 2004 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Face Oculta da Lua See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,865, 26 October 2003

Gross USA:

$248,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$248,460
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The characters of Phillippe and Andre, who are told frequently that they resemble one another, are both played by writer-director Robert Lepage. This explains why there are almost never in the same shot together. See more »

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When Philippe asks André to adopt their recently deceased mother's pet goldfish, André responds that he's allergic to fish, to which Philippe states that André's only allergic to eating fish. Later, when the two are discussing where they should go for dinner, André suggests going for sushi. See more »


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Dazed and Confused
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A Simple Visual Journey
9 December 2007 | by neilmarshall-1See all my reviews

If you have never seen any of Lepage's work before, this is a good place to start. You will be entertained, educated and amazed by this movie that was created on a shoe-string budget. The movie is packed full of simple, but effective visuals that don't take over the movie, but seamlessly take you on a journey. I particularly liked the Green Screen effects, which (to the untrained eye) are seamless. The final scene in the airport with the large Aim Higher backdrop was the cream of the crop. I also thought that some of the transitions were simple, yet stunning. It is 'one of those films' you would normally find yourself watching on your own one afternoon. It's not for everyone, but if you are open minded, don't mind subtitles and want some light entertainment then this movie will not disappoint.


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