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FAR SIDE OF THE MOON

Director:
Robert Lepage

Screenplay:
Robert Lepage

Cast:
Philippe/André: Robert Lepage
The Mother: Anne-Marie Cadieux
Carl: Marco Poulin

Awards:
FIPRESCI Prize, Berlin Film
Festival (2004)
Best Adapted Screenplay,
Genie Awards (2004)
Best Film, Namur Festival of Francophile Film (2004)

Running time: 105’
Production: Canada, 2003
Rating: Not Rated
Gauge: 35mm, DVD (color)

Distributor:
TLA Entertainment




“Employing plenty of the director’s signature seamless pans across time and space, Lepage lyrically fuses childhood memories with present-day sibling rivalry, archival footage with crisp video… Lepage spins a rich, moving film that acknowledges humanity’s power to break out of Earth’s daily gravity; in the process, he leaves audiences floating.”
Mark Peranson, The Village Voice

Before Galileo, it was believed that the moon was a polished mirror, its surface a reflection of the globe. In the 1960s, a Soviet lunar probe exposed the far side of the moon (which can never be seen from Earth) as scored and disfigured by the storms of celestial debris. From this discovery, writer-director Robert Lepage crafts an engaging metaphor of mysterious dualities, juxtaposing sibling rivalry with the US-Soviet space race. Estranged brothers Philippe and André (both played by Robert Lepage) relive childhood disputes as they dispose of the belongings of their recently deceased mother. André, a television meteorologist, has little in common with his older sibling Philippe. Philippe is a forty-ish doctoral student who has repeatedly failed to defend his dissertation on human narcissism and space exploration. He is deeply hurt by the scientific community’s refusal to acknowledge his work. When he receives an invitation to go to Russia to present his theories on the competitive exploration of the cosmos, Philippe hopes that he will finally gain some recognition. This captivating cinematic journey probes issues of competition and reconciliation while searching for meaning in the universe.

 
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