LAUGHTER

Martin Laroche

2020 | Fiction | 124 min | HD

Sales: Maison 4:3

International sales: Urban Distribution International

Synopsis


As a civil war shakes the Quebec province of Canada, Valerie is the sole survivor of a mass execution where her boyfriend is killed. Years later, she’s in a close relationship with her new partner, Gabriel. At the Long Term Care Center where she works as an orderly, she befriends Jeanne, a well-read and funny woman, dealing with an important physical handicap.

Mixing realism and worrying strangeness, Laughter presents a humane exploration of the survivor’s syndrome, the grieving process, the distance of time, the power of love, and the joy of being alive.


Written & Directed by: Martin Laroche
Production: Fanny-Laure Malo (La Boîte à Fanny)

With
Léane Labrèche-Dor, Micheline Lanctôt, Alexandre Landry, Sylvie Drapeau, Jean-Sébastien Courchesne, Normand Daoust, Catherine Proulx-Lemay, Christine Beaulieu, Évelyne de la Chenelière & Évelyne Rompré
Cinematography
Mathieu Laverdière
Production Design
Marie Hélène Lavoie
Sound
Yann Cleary, Jean-François Sauvé & Luc Boudrias
Editing
Amélie Labrèche
Original Music
Robert Marcel Lepage
Makeup & Hair
Josianne Cournoyer
Costumes
Ginette Magny
Choregraphy
Virginie Brunelle

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Awards & Special Mentions


  • Nominee – Iris for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Léane Labrèche-Dor)
    Québec Cinéma Gala 2020
  • Nominee – Iris for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Micheline Lanctôt)
    Québec Cinéma Gala 2020
  • Grand Jury Prize
    Festival du Film Canadien de Dieppe 2021
  • Best Actress (Micheline Lanctôt)
    Festival du Film Canadien de Dieppe 2021
  • Best Editing in Feature Film (Amélie Labrèche)
    CCE Awards 2021

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Festivals


  • Victoria Film Festival 2021
  • Austin’s Fantastic Fest 2020
  • Cinefest Sudbury 2020
  • Festival du Film Canadien de Dieppe 2021
  • Fantastic Film Festival Australia 2021
  • Fantaspoa 2021
  • 18th edition of Journées du cinéma québécois en Italie 2021
  • Vermont International Film Festival 2022
  • 100% Manusia Film Festival 2022