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  • Actors: Jacques Languirand, Caroline Dhavernas, Paul Ahmarani, Robert Lepage
  • Directors: Martin Villeneuve
  • Format: Widescreen, Dolby, Subtitled, AC-3, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: March 19 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AWDXCRS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,835 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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In futuristic Montreal, two men are smitten with the same girl. Jacob (Jacques Languirand) is an older musician of significant renown; Arthur (Paul Ahmarani) designs musical instruments to be manufactured by his father (Robert Lepage). The object of their desire, Avril (Caroline Dhavernas), is a short-winded photographer short on inspiration. Through teleportation and a device for travelling into the unconscious, the amorous adventures of the time-unstuck trio bring them to Mars — or to what they imagine Mars to be...

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Dans le Montréal du futur, Jacob (Jacques Laguirand) et Arthur (Paul Ahmarani) sont amoureux d’Avril (Caroline Dhavernas), qui le leur rend bien. L’un est un vieux musicien renommé, le second dessine des instruments de musique, que son père (Robert Lepage) fabrique, et la demoiselle est une photographe asthmatique en panne d’inspiration. Par télétransportation ou par machine à voyager dans l’inconscient, les transports amoureux de ce trio intemporel les amèneront sur Mars — ou de l’idée qu’ils s’en font...

Special Features

  • Conversation with François Schuiten
  • The Mars et Avril experience
  • Web Clips
  • Creating the special effects

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon270 on April 29 2013
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“Mars et Avril” is a beguiling tale of mad love and secrets of the universe. It beautifully covers many of the basic themes of sci-fi: time and technology, dream and reality, the universe and the unconscious. Belgian comic book genius François Schuiten's vision of futuristic Montreal is gorgeous, utterly believable and totally mind-blowing. And also, the music of oscar nominee Benoit Charest (Les triplettes de Belleville) is out of this world.

“Mars et Avril” is beautiful and haunting, surely one of the most inspired films I’ve seen in recent years! It reminded me of such sci-fi classics as “Brazil” and “Blade Runner”. Director Martin Villeneuve skillfully brings a fresh and different twist to the science fiction genre.
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This is a uniquely Québecois form of Speculative Fiction. Anyone who has also seen the well-known Jésus de Montréal, as well as Le declin de l'Empire américain, et les invasions barbares, this is a familiar world socially. The producer combines the expected futuristic concepts such as teleportation with anachronistic retro culture and technology, which makes this a very quirky viewer experience. It's a psyche-twisting doubled-down nostalgia overlay onto the future... the feeling is like people in our time of MP3s who are stubbornly collecting cylindrical recordings.

While I had a few quibbles about this film conceptually, on the whole it was intriguing and memorable. Without giving away too much, I will say that this movie takes some shots at the news media, as well as at space mania and the much ballyhooed Mars expedition said to be in our future. We confront the mainstream's fictionalized versions of scientific forays into the search for meaning which are the stock and trade of SF generally. Instead of glorying in high-tech, the focus of Mars et Avril is a journey inward, into the human psyche.

Get together with some friends — the kind of people who like "My Dinner With André" — set out the wine and cheese, and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicoletta on Sept. 2 2013
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Great actors, fascinating visuals, hypnotizing music and an original way of storytelling make this movie a special experience. It is a quite movie, one of that kind that slowly tells it's philosophical story, but it never gets boring.
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Film for fans of the genre but it has universal elements. Nice story in good taste with futuristic elements. Good music. recommend
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