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Le temps d'une chasse (1972)

A young boy learns the rituals of what his father and his friends perceive as manhood on a weekend hunting trip.


Francis Mankiewicz
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Complete credited cast:
Guy L'Ecuyer ... Willy
Marcel Sabourin ... Richard
Pierre Dufresne ... Lionel
Olivier L'Ecuyer Olivier L'Ecuyer ... Michel
Frédérique Collin ... La jeune serveuse
Luce Guilbeault ... La Rousse
Julien Lippé
Françoise Berd
Amulette Garneau
Monique Mercure ... La femme de Richard


Willy, Richard, and Lionel, three blue-collar friends from Montreal East, leave the city and travel to the countryside for a weekend of hunting. Richard's wife forces him to bring along his young son, Michel. For these men, hunting represents total freedom and a chance to rid themselves of the frustrations of domestic life by proving their manhood. The group spends their first night at a motel bar and Michel silently observes as the adults get drunk, try to outdo each other with insults, and sexually harass the waitresses at the bar. It becomes apparent to him that Willy is not up to trip; he is overweight and clings to his glory days of the past. Michel must also watch as his father conducts an affair with a waitress. When the hunt finally begins, Michel contemplates the imposed belief that a man ought to be a womanizing drinker who's good with a gun. Eventually, the irresponsibility of the three men results in tragedy. Written by pr1mal_1

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6 October 1972 (Canada) See more »

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The Time of the Hunt See more »

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Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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13 February 2005 | by joe-wangSee all my reviews

A film of too few, it depicts a father-son relationship unique to french-canada and is shot in such visual poetry by one of the world's greatest cinematographer Michel Brault (A Cannes winner). Sadly this film is not distributed at all and I don't know about it's English translation. What it features though is some of the most realistic pieces of acting I have ever seen. There is little composition, the acting relying is mostly on heart-wrenching drunkeness.

Every time I see it, it leaves me with that dark, complex Kurosawa flavor. It's only equal in Canadian cinema has to be Les Bons Débarras by the same director. A northern ONF/NFB chef-d'oeuvres

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