Le Démantèlement [The Auction]
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 2 pm – Free
In Quebec filmmaker Sébastien Pilote’s latest film Le Démantèlement [The Auction], rugged sheep farmer Gaby (Gabriel Arcand) stoically tends to the quotidian needs of his isolated family farm, watching as his neighbours sell off theirs. One day, his eldest daughter, Marie (Lucie Laurier), arrives from Montreal and announces she is getting a divorce. Oblivious to her father’s own financial constraints, she asks him for a large loan so she can keep her home. Gaby agrees to help his daughter, then, without telling her, sets out to sell his farm, dismantling the only life he has ever known.
Seeing the beautiful pastoral landscape, dappled in golden sunshine and warmly captured on film, makes the undoing of the farm all the more sorrowful. Arcand delivers a subtle, moving performance as Gaby, a flurry of emotions passing across his eyes. Like its protagonist, who is caught between his past and his uncertain future, Le Démantèlement [The Auction] looks both backwards and forwards. Loosely inspired by King Lear and Le Père Goriot, Pilote seems to tenderly channel the spirit of Quebec’s ethnographic filmmaking of the sixties and seventies (Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault, Claude Jutra), while examining the changing state of rural Quebec in the wake of its vanishing agrarian legacy. (Toronto International Film Festival)
In French with English subtitles
Canada — 2013 — 111 mins.
Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her.
Click here to download a PDF of the latest Bright Lights Film Club pamphlet