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Synopsis

Pierre-Paul Daoust, 36, an intellectual with a PhD in philosophy is forced to work as a deliveryman to afford a decent living. One day, while delivering a parcel, he gets caught in a hold up gone terribly wrong: two dead and millions in money bags laying on the ground. Pierre-Paul is confronted with a dilemma leave empty handed, or take the money and run? This new Denys Arcand film takes a witty yet touching look at, as only Arcand knows how, the predominance of money in a society where all other values seem to have crumbled.

Cast

  • Maxim Roy
  • Maripier Morin
  • Éric Bruneau
  • Vincent Leclerc
  • Alexandre Landry
  • Juliette Gosselin
  • Rémy Girard
  • Claude Legault
  • Ayana O'Shun
  • Yan England

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Trivia

  • Benoît Brière and Gaston Lepage reprise their roles from Joyeux Calvaire (1996), also directed by Denys Arcand.
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Metacritic

60
May 30, 2019

The mix is for the most part a welcome one, save one unappealing character, a retrograde love story, and an air that’s almost too blasé for its own good.

Metacritic review by Robert Abele
Robert Abele
TheWrap
70
Sep 9, 2018

Rather than attack his subject with bristling anger, Arcand approaches it with world-weary wit and the kind of warming optimism that might not appear out of place in a Frank Capra classic. The result is a little old-fashioned but also surprisingly endearing and feels like some of his best work in a while.

Metacritic review by Allan Hunter
Allan Hunter
Screen International
60
Sep 9, 2018

Fall is Pretty Woman for socialists, a Capital-conscious fairy tale in which a nice guy not only attempts a perfect crime but wins the heart of a prostitute hitherto moved only by American dollars.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter