Director: Michel PouletteWriter(s): Sylvie Bouchard, Émile Gaudreault, Michel Michaud, Michel Poulette
Star(s): Martin Drainville, Agathe de la Fontaine, Dominique Michel
Years before the reality-TV boom, Quebec filmmaker Poulette made Louis 19, a film that anticipated such programming. In this engaging comedy, Louis Jobin (Drainville), a TV addict, wins a contest to become the subject of a “reality” television series. As the winner, Louis will be followed everywhere by a camera crew, non-stop for three months. A lonely and goofy guy, Louis is initially thrilled and expects his life to change for the better. But when a huge audience responds to the show and media frenzy starts building around him, Louis discovers that it’s not easy being a celebrity. This film was remade by Ron Howard as EDtv.
“Particularly astonishing…its commentary was both funny and telling.”
— Matthew Hays, Montage
Montreal writer/director Poulette won numerous awards for Louis 19, le roi des ondes including the Claude Jutra Award for Best First Feature Film and the Golden Reel Award. Poulette has also directed several TV movies and series. Maïna, his latest feature, was nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards.
- French - 11, 12
Screening Language Options:
- French Language with English Subtitles