Henri Henri (Version française)
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Henri attends to the upkeep of the lights and lamps in the convent where he has been living since early childhood. Orphaned and forgotten by all, Henri is timid and withdrawn. One day, he is forced to leave the protective walls of the institution and is suddenly sent out into a world that is foreign to him. Led by his naivety, he tries to bring light into the lives of people who are, like him, alone. He especially tries to revive the fire in Helene's heart, the beautiful box office clerk, who lives in an obscure world and who Henri is secretly in love with. / Orphelin oublié de tous, timide et effacé, Henri entretient les lampes et luminaires du couvent où il vit depuis sa plus tendre enfance. Forcé un jour de quitter les murs protecteurs de l'institution, le jeune homme est soudain projeté dans un univers qui lui est étranger. Porté par une innocence candide, il va tenter de tirer de la noirceur les gens qui, comme lui, sont isolés. Il va surtout chercher à rallumer la flamme dans le coeur d'Hélène, la belle guichetière, celle qui vit dans un monde noir et sans lumière dont il est secrètement amoureux.
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One of the two most striking friendships that Henri makes is with a blind girl, Hélène Guérin, with whom Henri falls instantly in love when he sees her at the ticket counter at the entrance to (of all places!) a porn movie theatre (of the kind once common in large cities before home video erotica undermined that market) where Hélène works selling tickets and cleaning the theatre after hours, managing to do such work despite her handicap. The milieu does not corrupt this sweetly attractive girl because her blindness protects her from the moral contagion that it markets. Another character whom Henri comes to befriend is a reclusive old man who had inherited a fortune in the market for pickles, an enterprise that he headed upon his father's death until the competition with foreign food imports into Québec led to the company's demise.Read more ›
Then again, maybe it's just too good - in a clearly literal way - for something as tawdry as that.