Auction

The Auction

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Director: Sébastien Pilote

Cast: Gabriel Arcand, Lucie Laurier, Gilles Renaud

     
 
An aging, taciturn farmer finds his predictable life unraveling after his eldest daughter announces that is getting a divorce, and that she needs his help in order to keep up payments on her house in the city. Gaby's farm has been in his family for generations. He always said that the farm should be passed down to his children, not sold. But when Gaby's daughter Marie

Overview

An aging, taciturn farmer finds his predictable life unraveling after his eldest daughter announces that is getting a divorce, and that she needs his help in order to keep up payments on her house in the city. Gaby's farm has been in his family for generations. He always said that the farm should be passed down to his children, not sold. But when Gaby's daughter Marie shows up at the farm in desperate need of money, the old man longs to protect her, even though he senses she is taking advantage of him. Making the decision to sacrifice his farm for the sake of his daughter won't be an easy one for Gaby, but as a father he is prepared to do what it takes for the sake of his family, even if it means abandoning the only life he has ever known.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2014
UPC:
0616892187967
Original Release:
2013
Source:
Film Movement
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
87,901

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gabriel Arcand Actor
Lucie Laurier Actor
Gilles Renaud Actor
Johanne-Marie Tremblay Actor
Sophie Desmarais Actor

Technical Credits
Sébastien Pilote Director,Screenwriter
Stéphane Bergeron Sound/Sound Designer
Olivier Calvert Sound/Sound Designer
Gilles Corbeil Sound/Sound Designer
Marc Daigle Producer
Mario Hervieux Art Director
Michel La Veaux Cinematographer
Stéphane Lafleur Editor
Sophie Lefebvre Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernadette Payeur Producer
Serge Nakauchi Pelletier Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Auction
1. Gaby [10:40]
2. Marie [11:29]
3. Trouble in Paradise [7:43]
4. Another One Bites The Dust [8:37]
5. Lambs to the Slaughter [8:43]
6. House Hunting [13:11]
7. Sibling Rivalry [8:07]
8. Estrangement [2:27]
9. Frédérique [7:46]
10. The Auction [7:11]
11. Closer [6:10]
12. Credits [15:09]

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The Auction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
The Auction, from director Sebastien Pilote, has been a selection at numerous film festivals - including Cannes and the TIFF. Gaby is an aging farmer. He has worked the family farm alone for over forty year as his brothers wanted no part of it. He and his wife had two daughters. But the girls have left, as has his wife. The constants in his life are his dog, his one friend, the hired boy, the sheep - and the land. He lives a solitary life, but seems content. Pilote's cinematography is absolutely beautiful. Rural Quebec was used for the setting. The farm is authentic, the house comfortable and lived in. Pastoral. Pilote's camera often pauses that extra moment and the viewer can't help but see what Gaby sees. Gabriel Arcand plays Gaby and I thought he was superb. If I didn't know he was an actor, I would absolutely believe he was a farmer. This character is a man of few words. Arcand's facial expressions, body language and simple actions convey much with few words. His eyes are particularly expressive. His oldest daughter Marie arrives for a visit - the joy Gaby experiences at seeing his child and grandchildren is extremely touching. However, Marie has her own reason for visiting - she needs money - $200,000 to be exact. She and her husband are divorcing and she wants to stay in the house. Here, I got angry. Gaby's offer to come and live with him are rebuffed, his inquires into her savings, her husband helping her out are all met with no. I really didn't like Marie - I thought her extremely selfish. Gaby however wants to help her - he loves his children dearly. So....he decides to sell his farm. Heartbreaking. In reading the director's notes, Pilote has described his film as a tribute to fatherhood. In that respect he has succeeded. The sacrifices Gaby is willing to make, the losses he is willing to suffer for his children speaks volumes. (But I still couldn't get past not liking Marie) The soundtrack is particularly effective, complementing the setting. The ending left me wanting more. And that's a good thing. I would have like to know what happened to Gaby 'after'. The last screen shot of him left me feeling quite sad...while the last shots of his daughters show them enjoying their own pursuits. All in all, this is one of the best films I've watched from Film Movement. Absolutely recommended. As always, there is a short film included. The Giant - a non verbal animated - was the addition to this feature film. Although I could see the tie in - nature and land - it didn't do much for me.