A fan of 1970's nightlife, I was curious to watch this movie. While watching, I couldn't help but wonder if this was based on a true story? Well, very loosely, very is the keyword. It starts out rather exciting, and captures the viewer quickly. I'm sure this is in part due to the flashy characters and constant references to the time period (mid 1970's). Nostalgia fans will enjoy the movie props and period dress and music. The characters are quickly introduced, and it looks like we're in for a fun trip through Montreal disco life of the 70's.
As the film plot develops, so do the side stories. The many sub stories center around the club investor father Giles and his son Daniel the club owner, a flamboyant trendsetter Jonathan, handsome waiter Tino, several rising (or desiring to rise stars), and a TV personality father Bastien. Within each character, we have story lines and of course drama - from cheating husbands to cheating boyfriends to cheating record producers - with a toss of drug addiction, gay bashing, suicide and lip-syncing. Trust me, it's a lot for a film that runs just over 2 hours. There's literally enough content for a short series.
That said, if you're up for a sometimes fun but usually dramatic film with ample music of the period (not by the original artists in most cases), and you like the 70's, you'll probably enjoy the movie. The fictional club Starlight is based on the Lime Light of Montreal. Many of the characters are fictitious, so it's an otherwise fictional film with a few pieces of fact (I'm not a fan of this methodology). What I would love to see is a story based on the infamous Stanley Street which incorporates the club featured in this movie.
Fans of the film 54 or the documentary film Limelight (about the New York City clubs) will likely enjoy this film, but not as much. From an acting and production standpoint, it's all enjoyable with a few standouts. But it's a busy film...