12 Quebec films to see in 2023

12 Quebec films to see in 2023

After having suffered a lot from the pandemic for three years, Quebec cinema will rely, this year, on a rich and diversified program to bring the public back to theaters. From Denys Arcand’s new satirical comedy to the film adaptation of the children’s novel slush heart, here are 12 Quebec films that will be on our big screens in 2023:

Rodeo (February 3)


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Winner of the prize for best director at the Whistler Festival last December, this road movie – and first feature film – by filmmaker Joëlle Desjardins Paquette stars Maxime Le Flaguais as a trucker who, after a stormy separation, sets out to cross Canada in a truck with his 9-year-old daughter (Lilou Roy-Lanouette ), in order to participate in an important truck rodeo in Alberta.

The plunger (February 24)


Henri Picard in the movie The Diver

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Henri Picard in the movie The Diver

For his sixth feature film, filmmaker Francis Leclerc (The Time Harvester) chose to wear on screen The plunger, Initiatory novel by Stéphane Larue published in 2016. Actor Henri Picard plays a graphic design student who, to repay his gambling debts, accepts a job as a dishwasher in a Montreal restaurant as the holiday season approaches. The plunger will be presented at the opening of the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma, at the end of February.

Twilight for a killer (March 10)


Éric Bruneau in the film Twilight for a Killer

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Éric Bruneau in the film Twilight for a Killer

This film noir directed by Raymond St-Jean (peep show) focuses on the career of Quebec hitman Donald Lavoie, who worked for the clan of the Dubois brothers during the 1970s before becoming an informer to save his own skin. It is Éric Bruneau who lends his features to the criminal, surrounded in particular by Benoît Gouin, Sylvain Marcel and Rose-Marie Perreault.

the cobbler (March 17)


The actress Rose-Marie Perreault in the film The shoemaker

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The actress Rose-Marie Perreault in the film The shoemaker

Rose-Marie Perreault will be very present at the cinema at the start of the year. In addition to starring in the thriller Twilight for a killer, the actress will portray the title role in this period drama by François Bouvier (La Bolduc) recounting the story of Victoire Du Sault, the first woman to have practiced the trade of shoemaker in Quebec, in the middle of the 19th century, and who is at the origin of the fortune of the Dufresnes, better known for the castle bearing their name in Hochelaga -Maisonneuve.

Bungalow (April 7)


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Sonia Cordeau, Guillaume Cyr, Geneviève Schmidt and Ève Landry co-star in this comedy recounting the nightmare of a young couple who embark on the renovations of their new house. Directed by Lawrence Côté-Collins, a queer director who has distinguished herself in the world of cinema underground, Bungalow is described as “in your face,” eclectic, colorful and deeply political.

slush heart (June 26)


Liliane Skelly on the set of Cœur de slush

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Liliane Skelly on the set of Cœur de slush

After his political comedy Arlette, the director Mariloup Wolfe changes register by bringing to the screen the popular children’s novel slush heart, by author Sarah-Maude Beauchesne (The forks). Expected in theaters at the start of the summer holidays, the film will relate the adventures of Billie (Liliane Skelly), a 16-year-old teenager who falls in love with a young cyclist prodigy (Joseph Delorey), who has also fallen into the eye of her big sister, Annette (Camille Felton).

One summer time (August 2nd)


A scene from the film The Time for a Summer

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A scene from the film The Time for a Summer

Filmmaker Louise Archambault (It was raining birds) teamed up with screenwriter Marie Vien (Augustine’s Passion) to concoct this new film announced as a “feel good movie”. One summer time stars Patrice Robitaille as a street chaplain and parish priest who has to close his church because he can no longer pay the bills. After inheriting a property in Bas-du-Fleuve, he decides to take a gang of homeless people there who, like him, need a vacation.

Ru (September 22)


A scene from the film Ru

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A scene from the film Ru

After several years of gestation, the film adaptation of Ru, Kim Thuy’s autobiographical novel will finally hit our screens next fall. Directed by Charles-Olivier Michaud (Anna) and scripted by Jacques Davidts (Guys), the film will tell the story of a young Vietnamese refugee who must adapt to her new life in Quebec, after having fled her country in the mid-1970s to escape persecution. It is the young actress who will slip into the skin of the young heroine of Ru.

Happy Days (October 20)


Sophie Desmarais in Happy Days

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Sophie Desmarais in Happy Days

Seven years after the release of Country, director Chloé Robichaud returns to the cinema with this third feature film, which will immerse us in the world of classical music. Actress Sophie Desmarais plays a young conductor and rising star on the Montreal scene who has a toxic relationship with her father and agent, played by Sylvain Marcel.

Will (2023)


Rémy Girard in a scene from the movie Testament

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Rémy Girard in a scene from the movie Testament

After having directed him in several of his most outstanding films (including Barbarian invasions and The Decline of the American Empire), filmmaker Denys Arcand has reunited with actor Rémy Girard for this new satirical comedy whose main character is an elderly man who has lost faith in humanity and is looking for new landmarks. In addition to Remy Girard, Will will rely on an imposing cast including Sophie Lorain, Marie-Mai, Denis Bouchard, Guylaine Tremblay, Clémence DesRochers and Louis-José Houde.

my mother’s men (2023)


Léane Labrèche-Dor in the film My Mother's Men

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Léane Labrèche-Dor in the film My Mother’s Men

After having directed a few short films that have shone on the festival circuit, Anik Jean will launch her first feature film as a director this year. Written by screenwriter and author Maryse Latendresse, my mother’s men will feature a disillusioned young woman (Léane Labrèche-Dor) surprised by her mother’s last wishes – to find her five ex-husbands to scatter her ashes in five separate places.

Simple as Sylvain (2023)


A scene from the movie Simple comme Sylvain

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A scene from the movie Simple comme Sylvain

This third feature film by actress and filmmaker Monia Chokri (Babysitter, My Brother’s Wife) features a 40-year-old woman in a relationship for ten years whose life changes after meeting an entrepreneur from the Laurentians. The film brings together on screen Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, Pierre-Yves Cardinal and Steve Laplante.

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