EST-CE AINSI QUE LES HOMMES VIVENT ? (1993)

 

Feature documentary
Length: 80 minutes

Director: Guy Simoneau
Research and writing: Guy Simoneau
Assistant director: Claude Laflamme
Director of photography: Raynald Bellemare
Soundman: Raymond Leroux
Editor: Martial Éthier
Original music: Bernard Buisson
Production: Vent d’Est Films
Producer: Bernard Lalonde
Broadcaster: Radio-Canada and TV5
Distribution: Cinéma Libre

 

“A true film event.”
La Presse 

“A stunning and courageous statement.” 
Francine Laurendeau, Le Devoir

“A simple, direct, and sincere film on the emotional malaise of modern man.” 
Voir

“Stripping men naked, showing them in their vulnerability, is almost a tour de force, never seen before.” 
Le Journal de Montréal

“Simoneau’s work shines a raw light of the inner torments of contemporary man.” 
Revue Séquences

“Never before has a film provoked such reactions in audiences.”
La Frontière, Festival Rouyn-Noranda

 

The feature documentary shows men in distressed circumstances and how they struggle to recover.

Paul, 30, the main character, is father of two children and has just divorced. He discusses his recent life as a homeless person in the streets of Montreal. We see his rescue by an assistance centre for men, and his fight to regain his dignity. We meet single fathers with their children, who are looking for support, affection, and a sympathetic ear. We also hear two men talking about the crimes they committed against women.