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Mars et Avril (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 5 October 2012 (USA)
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Based on an acclaimed graphic novel, Mars & Avril is set in Montreal of the future, at the dawn of the first human landing on Mars, and tells the story of a musician who becomes obsessed with his muse.

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Martin Villeneuve
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Languirand ... Jacob Obus
Caroline Dhavernas ... Avril
Paul Ahmarani ... Arthur
Robert Lepage ... Eugène Spaak - tête
Jean Asselin Jean Asselin ... Eugène Spaak - corps / Serveur automate
Stéphane Demers ... Bernard Brel
Jean Marchand ... Pneumatologue
Kathleen Fortin ... Modèle d'Arthur
Marcel Sabourin ... Capucin
André Montmorency ... Pierrot
Gabriel Gascon Gabriel Gascon ... Arlequin
Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais ... Marsonaute no. 1
Pierre Leblanc Pierre Leblanc ... Marsonaute no. 2
Richard Robitaille Richard Robitaille ... Marsonaute no. 3
Khanh Hua Khanh Hua ... Serveur automate
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Storyline

Montreal, the future. Elderly jazz musician Jacob Obus (Jacques Languirand) still draws in audiences with his mesmerizing performances, playing instruments based on female models, designed by his much younger pal Arthur (Paul Ahmarani). The latest model, intriguing artist Avril (Caroline Dhavernas), entices both Arthur and Jacob. In the resulting love triangle, the old musician is ultimately victorious and appears to be in love for the first time in his life. But then Avril is accidentally transported to Mars, where the first manned mission just happened to land. Enter Eugène Spaak (Robert Lepage), inventor, cosmologist and Arthur's father, who unveils a new theory about man's desire to reach Mars and helps Jacob find the true meaning of life and love. Written by Mars et Avril Inc.

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mars and April See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD2,250,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Jacob and Arthur are leaving for Mars is inspired by one of Martin Villeneuve's childhood memories: when he was 4 or 5 years old, his older brothers, including Denis Villeneuve, put him in a box and made him believe that he made a space travel on his way to Mars. They would put Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) books behind the box's 'porthole' as to give the illusion that he truly was in space. See more »

Quotes

Avril: It takes an old medium to appreciate a new language.
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Soundtracks

Le dernier concert
(7:38)
Composed by Benoît Charest
Courtesy of Simone Records (available on iTunes and in vinyl record)
Under license from EMA Films & Mars et Avril Inc.
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disappointing....
21 September 2013 | by eduardo10075See all my reviews

Embarrassingly bad, especially for a Quebecois film with Robert Lepage. Flat, uninteresting characters, weak story, weak and simple dialogue masquerading as profound, no plot to speak of...looks a lot of attention was paid to the bartenders' outfits, though....

I realize making a sci-fi on a limited budget is an immense challenge, but this seems like someone's vanity project; maybe they should have tried a short film to start.

And for a film with the main focus on music and musicians, it's a totally unremarkable, forgettable score.

Sometimes films remain obscure and off-the-radar for a good reason!! Pass, unless you're looking for s "hoot-fest"....


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