My Quebec Summer: The Best and the Worst

This summer, I tasted Quebec culture in every possible way. From Saint-Jérôme to Terrebonne, passing through Gatineau, I enjoyed plays, shows and films from our region.

And I’ve had the best… and the worst.

As much as I was amazed, amazed, dazzled, impressed by the quality of what is being done in Quebec, I asked myself questions.


At the Outaouais Film Festival in early June, I was able to see in advance The cheaters (which hits theaters today). I adored this scathing comedy by Louis Godbout, a former philosophy teacher with a look that was both cynical and lucid on the human race. No political correctness here. And the final punch is simply… tasty.

I loved the theatrical version of Symphorian, written by Louis Saia and Pierre Huet, which is carried out to the quarter turn thanks to the explosive staging of Pierre Séguin and Louis Saia. Finally a show for all generations!

I had my toes curled with happiness seeing the pleasure that Michel Rivard and Normand Brathwaite had in playing Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne, the theatrical version of The great seduction by Ken Scott. And I laughed a lot at the jokes about Québec solidaire and Jean-Philippe Wauthier. (By the way, Normand, your beard suits you perfectly!)

I flipped over Confessions, which shows all the talent of Luc Picard in front of and behind the camera. I had a small feeling of pride when I saw the names of my colleagues Félix Séguin and Éric Thibault in the credits, since the film is based on their book on the hitman Gallant.

At the tribute show to Sylvain Lelièvre, I was touched by Stéphane Archambault’s interpretation of The letter from Toronto, the best song in his repertoire.

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Finally, I saw again with pleasure (and for the eighth time) Notre Dame of Paris by Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante. Gilles Maheu’s staging still amazed me with its inventiveness. What does Bruno Pelletier eat to be so fiery at 60? Well, after the flowers, here are the pots.

Some questions…

1 – To the audience of plays: What is the idea of ​​talking as if you were in your living room? When you watch TV, the actors don’t hear you. But in the theatre, they are on stage and your comments out loud are really disturbing!

2 – To all audiences: What part of the sentence: “Close your cell phones” you don’t understand? When you text your friends in the middle of a dark room, do you know that you are disturbing others within a 20 meter radius?

To all audiences (bis): A standing ovation, systematically, at all shows, in the seconds following the closing of the curtains, is this really necessary?

3 – To professional critics: why are you more lenient with Quebec films/shows? You can feel it in your lyrics when you say to yourself: “That’s not bad… for a work from here”.

4 – To the owners of venues: why are you transforming the premises into a North Pole branch? The air conditioning does not need to be minus 40! The next time I go to Place des Arts (where it’s coldest), I’ll get my toques and mittens and I’ll take out my Kanuk.

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