Felix lives in French Canada; he doesn’t have any money or ambitions, but he isn’t worried since his wealthy father is about to die. Meira’s life is completely different: she is a young member of the Hasidic Jewish community in Montreal, she is married and has a child. Despite the solid certainties provided by her environment, Meira is yearning for something different. Unexpectedly, she finds it in the eccentric Felix. Their encounter will unleash feelings stronger than any social barrier.
Maxime Giroux (Montreal, Canada, 1976) has directed several short films, videoclips and commercials. In 2006, his film Les jours won the prize for best short film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and in 2007 his film Les rouges au sol won the award for best short drama at the 27th Genie Awards. His videography includes music videos for Sam Roberts, Sarah Harmer, The Dears, Pilate, Louise Forestier, Corneille, Marc Déry, Les Cowboys Fringants and Vulgaires Machins. His first feature film, Demain (Sophie), was presented at Torino Film Festival in 2008, and his second feature film, Jo pour Jonathan, had its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival.
Project 3 (cm, 2001), Le gros boutte du bâton (cm, 2005), Les jours (cm, 2006), Le rouge au sol (cm, 2006), Demain (Sophie) (2008), Jo pour Jonathan (2010), La tête en bas (cm, 2013), Félix et Meira (2014).
“The film is an encounter between the Quebecois francophone society and the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Montreal. Due to its diverse and numerous contrasts, it explores this surprising cohabitation that reaches outside the boundaries. I filmed with the themes of vulnerability and febrility in mind, and, above all, wanted the camera to find the characters’ humanity. Felix and Meira is the madness of Felix and the poetry of Meira, two opposite people who mutually enter into an impossible love story at the risk of losing everything.”
Alexandre Laferrière, Maxime Giroux
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interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Martin Dubreuil (Félix), Hadas Yaron (Meira), Luzer Twersky (Shulem), Anne-Élisabeth Bossé (Caroline), Benoit Girard (Théodore), Josh Dolgin (Isaac), Melissa Weisz (Ruth)
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