Le démantèlement

Le démantèlement

The auction

DVD - 2014 | French
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Gaby has a farm where he raises lambs, but he doesn't have any sons, just the two daughters he has raised like princesses, who live far away in the big city. One day, the older daughter asks for money to save her house, which she fears will be lost in the midst of an impending separation. Gaby has an extreme sense of paternal duty and he decides to help his little girl by selling the farm. He sells everything and moves into a small apartment in the village down the road.
Publisher: [Montreal] :, Séville,, [2014]
Description: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Auct

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As is made apparent in the credits, this is a modern, QC remake of Shakespeare's "King Lear." Of course, there are major differences. There are only two, not three daughters, but the elder one, while proclaiming her love for her father, and teasing him with minimal opportunities to spend time with his grandchildren, is really all about making him sell (at bargain prices) his entire wealth: farm and all his machinery, flock of sheep, house, so that she can continue to live her high-cost lifestyle. It is doubtful that she even intends to repay him. The younger daughter, ironically, an actress used to pretending to be someone she is not, actually adores her father, and sees her sister for what she is: a cynical exploiter of her father's unbounded, and fundamentally self-destructive generosity. A superb movie; slow and moving.

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posie12
Feb 25, 2015

This movie was beautiful to watch, but very emotionally charged. Stays with you for a while.

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empbee
Sep 17, 2014

Very good and sad movie.

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selahvictor
Jul 12, 2014

This film was very well done, and resonated with me as someone who lived in Quebec, but even moreso as I'm a farmer's daughte. My parents recently went through the same issue with our family farm. I found this film very moving.

d2013 Jun 29, 2014

Simple, slow but good!

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