Gaz Bar Blues

Film

Time Out says

Mr Brochu, who is afflicted with Parkinson's disease, operates the gas station/social centre of the title, fighting what feels like a losing battle against theft, competition and the disinterest of his two eldest sons. But, the hub of a community of sorts, he provides a more or less friendly face and a place to sit for assorted types. This gently melancholy, quietly affecting drama of lives most local offers no real revelations, but builds a convincing low key picture of aspirations compromised and relationships in patchwork progress. It's also telling on the means by which a sense of place - the weave of people, position, incident and history - is maintained, and how easily it can slip. Asking understated questions about the shape and priorities of life, as well as its underlying economic pressures, the film riffs around a timeless tune.

Details

Release details

Duration:
115 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Louis Bélanger
Screenwriter:
Louis Bélanger
Cast:
Serge Thériault
Gilles Renaud
Sébastien Delorme
Réal Bossé
Maxime Dumontier
Danny Gilmore
Gaston Caron
Daniel Gadouas
Claude Legault
Gaston Lepage
Fanny Mallette