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Genesis

Country: Canada, Language: French | English, 129 mins

Original Title

Genèse
  • Director: Philippe Lesage
  • Writer: Philippe Lesage
  • Producer: Galilé Marion-Gauvin

CGiii Comment

Special...very special indeed. And so very chilling.

Be warned...this is not an easy film to watch. Philippe Lesage challenges his audience by creating challenging characters and situations. This is the shambles that 'first loves' can create...the emotions herein range from sheer devastation to utter confusion...from happiness to incredulity.

Those giant steps we all must take from childhood into the big wide world, obeying those rules that bind us to conformity...but, when you are a gay kid, those rules blur.

This is a brother and a sister...he, the irrational...she, a voice of reason. Together they contrast and compare...until a defining events change absolutely everything. Then, they are separate, bound only by their bloodline. Their lives will - undoubtedly - veer off, far from where they started. But...that's life, it just such a painful thing to learn, that startling realisation of the reality: We ain't kids anymore!

And then...Philippe Lesage throws all caution to the wind and takes us to a place where life is sweet and love so gentle...it's a little bamboozling at first...this in-your-face comparison, this contradiction with what has already been shown before.

Is this optimism...or, plain old pessimism? Let's root for the optimistic...not all stories of first love end the same way! Or, do they?

A truly hypnotic and difficult film.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Three teenagers are shaken up by their first loves in the turmoil of their youth. At a time when others are conforming, they stand their ground and assert their right to love and be free.

Cast & Characters

Noée Abita as Charlotte
Paul Ahmarani as Perrier
Marc Beaupré as Coach Jacques
Emilie Bierre as Béatrice
Émile Bilodeau as Seb
Brett Dier as Todd
Pier-Luc Funk as Maxime
Antoine Marchand Gagnon as Alexis
Étienne Galloy as David
Ariane L'Heureux as Étudiante
Guillaume Laurin as Surveillant
Tayna V. Lavoie as Sandrine
Jean-Simon Leduc as Ricardo
Noémi Lira as Martha
Mylène Mackay as Mme Sinclair