"Testament": All-star cast for next Denis Arcand film

Almost 20 years since its release Barbarian invasionsFilmmaker Denis Arcand has reunited with Remy Girard for his next film, desireIt will be released in 2023. The 72-year-old actor stars in the film alongside Sophie Lorraine, Marie-Mai, Denise Bouchard, Kailine Tremblay, Clemence Desrochers, Robert Lepage, Yves Jacques and Caroline Néron. and Louis-José Haut.

• Read more: Denis Arcand will release his film Testament in 2023

Parts are inspired by Gaston Lepage, René Richard Cyr, Pierre Curzi, Marcel Sabourin, Michel Forget, Guillaume Lambert, Danielle Fichaud, Marie-Soleil Dion, Brigitte Paquette, Edgar Bori, Geneviève Schmidt, Sophie Faucher and Louise. Picture.

In desire, a satirical comedy, Rémy Girard slips into the skin of Jean-Michel Bouchard, an old man who loses faith in humanity in an era marked by political correctness, shifting identity, cultural scandals and militancy. In his presentation capsule, the character asserts that “a life inhabited by old people can be delightfully disgusting.”

Remy Girard in a scene from the film.

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Remy Girard in a scene from the film.

Filmed in Lachine and Quebec

desireFilmed this fall in Montreal, Lachine and Quebec City, it will mark the sixth collaboration between Arcand and Girard. Ovide Plouffe crime, The Fall of the American Empire, Jesus of Montreal, Barbarian invasions And The Fall of the American Empire.

But this is the first time the actor is acting in Arcand Barbarian invasionsThe film won an Oscar for the legendary Quebec filmmaker in 2004.

The film’s producer, Denise Robert, said in an interview, “When Remy got the call about the lead role in the film, he cried on the phone.

“He was very happy to see Denise on the set. It was very funny, he spoke to me in three languages: French, English and Argonne… Denise’s lines are very well written and Remy can play them very naturally and perfectly. »

Sophie Lorraine is also part of the distribution.

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Sophie Lorraine is also part of the cast.

Mary-Mai in cinema

In addition to Remy Girard, Robert Lepage as the Deputy Minister of Testament Culture, Yves Jacques as the Fine Arts Director, and Sophie Lorraine as the director of a nursing home whose “life is hell” as she has to negotiate every day. Govt.

The 81-year-old filmmaker managed to account for Clemence Desrochers’ rare presence on the big screen. Singer Mary-Mai makes her debut in the film.

Mary-Mai makes her film debut in Testament.

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Mary-Mai makes her film debut in Testament.

“Denise wanted to spoil herself and surround herself with actors she really liked,” says Denise Robert. He loved to surround himself with people he had already collaborated with and others he loved and admired. He was very happy to shoot his film with such a large group. He found some allies, such as the art director François Seguin, with whom he made his first films, and new collaborators whom he greatly admired. It was an amazing shoot. »

Testament will be released in 2023. TVA Films will distribute the film.

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