georges is dead (Georges est mort) (can)

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Étienne (Simon Larouche), a salesclerk at a sporting goods store in a Montreal suburb, is reeling from the loss of someone extremely important to him, a central part of his social and personal life – his best friend Georges (Guillaume Laurin). Lonely and depressed, Étienne is struggling to drag himself out of his grieving haze, much to the annoyance of Peter (Marc Beaupré), the manager at the store, who gives him an ultimatum to cheer up, or take a break from work. With Valérie (Fanny Rainville), a colourful, spirited and bubbly colleague who is always eager to help out by his side, Étienne meets Clara (Sarah Pellerin) a cynical, politically engaged multidisciplinary artist who is secretly working on a documentary on Western masculinity stereotypes. Opportunistic, Clara sees in Étienne the perfect subject for her film, and offers to help him find a new best friend. Throughout their adventures, a mysterious young man, Jo Beaulieu (Jean-Carl Boucher), spies on the trio and follows them everywhere. He carries a great secret: The double life Georges led before he passed.

Georges Is Dead follows a dramatic curve in six episodes of about ten minutes each. The series, focusing on unlikely encounters between an assortment of characters, tells a story in which closeness, tension and conflict lead to reflections on friendship between men, friendship between men and women, and friendship, period. Packed with humour and tragedy, Georges Is Dead is sure make you laugh & cry.

Awards
  • Best International Comedy
  • Best Screenplay – Sarah Pellerin
  • Best Lead Actor or Ensemble – Simon Larouche
  • Best Supporting Actor or Ensemble – Fanny Rainville
Credits

Cinematographer: Ariel Methot
Editor: Charles Grenier
Composer: Pierre-Philippe Côté (Pilou)
Sound Designer: Jean-François Sauvé (MELS)
Supporting Cast: Maxime Genois, Pierre-Philippe Côté, Iannicko N’Doua, Gregory Beaudin, Paul Ahmarani, Emile Schneider
VFX Lead/Team: MELS

Director: Charles Grenier
Writer: Sarah Pellerin
Producer: Carolyne Boucher
Key Cast: Simon Larouche, Fanny Rainville, Sarah Pellerin, Jean-Carl Boucher, Guillaume Laurin, Marc Beaupré, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Guillaume Lambert