The Acrobat

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    The Acrobat

    L'acrobate

    Directed by

    Canada

    2019

    132 min

    • French
    • Russian

    Romance

    Montreal is snowed under. While the downtown cranes dance their hypnotic ballet, two strangers meet randomly in an unfinished apartment. Their chance encounter leads to a violent attraction and a dependency beyond reason. One man is a Russian-born professional acrobat whose future is jeopardized by a broken leg. The other is a buttoned-down, well groomed man of few words. Which one dominates? Which one manipulates? As it turns out, love is painful and human relations are complex. For his dreamy, meditative sixth feature, Rodrigue Jean trains his singular lens on a story both mysterious and sexually explicit.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Yury Paulau
    Sébastien Ricard
    Screenplay
    Rodrigue Jean
    Cinematography
    Mathieu Laverdière
    Editing
    Omar Elhamy
    Music
    Steve Bates
    Production
    TRANSMAR FILMS
    Rodrigue Jean

    Rodrigue Jean

    Canada

    Rodrigue Jean (Canada) studied Biology, Sociology and Literature. He was a dancer and choreographer in the 1980s. He then studied theatre and directing in London and Tokyo. He made his first short film, LA DEROUTE in 1989, and in the early 1990s he led a video workshop at a London centre for homeless youth. In 1995 he directed the documentary LA VOIX DES RIVIERES and made two short video films, LA MEMOIRE DE L'EAU in 1996 and L'APPEL in 1998. His first long feature was the award-winning FULL BLAST in 1999 followed by YELLOWKNIFE in 2002. His 2008 feature Lost Song was also an award-winning film. He made the documentary LIVING ON THE EDGE in 2005 paying tribute to his Acadian roots, focussing on the poetry of Gérald Leblanc. THE ACROBAT (2019) is his latest feature film.

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