1. "Twice a Woman" is the story of Catherine, who, after her violent husband puts her life in serious danger one night, decides to run away with her son and start a new life under a fresh identity.
    From the strait-laced suburbs, she travels to backwoods northern Quebec. From fear, she moves through confidence to hope. Catherine, now Sophie, untangles the complex web of identity and desire that make up the life of a single woman, marginalized and learning to embrace life.
    During her painful transition, the mother, hoping to regain the affection of her damaged son, does everything she can to avoid a tragic outcome. She will have to dig her heels in and fight with strength and dignity. It’s a battle, a war she needs to win.

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  2. "Happiness is a sad song" tells the disjointed story of Anne-Marie, an unemployed publicist pounding the pavement in Montreal with her mini-cam, collecting testimonials on the subject of happiness. It is happiness that she appears to seek, or understand to the point of being obsessed by her quest. Guided by serendipity and a series of surprising and varied encounters, Anne-Marie dives headfirst into her project. She meets a medley of characters whom she engages in engrossing, thought-provoking discussions about happiness. Anne-Marie moves from one character to the next, from one idea to the next in her survey, gathering reactions and challenging viewpoints that give her a chance to reflect upon her own life. How can her obsession be explained? Why the survey? And why the video camera?

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  3. Ruth est le récit d'une adolescence douloureuse. Celle d'une jeune fille, Ruth, qui décide sur un coup de tête de quitter son petit village du Bas Saint-Laurent pour la “vraie” vie de la grande ville, Montréal. Elle y retrouvera son frère Jean-Paul et aura plusieurs amants. Des amants d'un jour, comme Bernard, et des amants qui partageront sa vie pour quelque temps, comme Yves et Robert. Anticonformiste et passionnée, Ruth se heurte à la jalousie féroce de son frère, qui ira jusqu'à s'en prendre à Robert, pourtant son meilleur ami.
    Complètement désorienté devant le cynisme et l'inconscience de Ruth, Robert finira par la rejeter. Ruth continuera de rechercher l'amour absolu, envers et contre tous. Avec passion, avec maladresse, avec impudeur, elle s'accrochera à ceux qu'elle aime comme à ceux qu'elle n'aime pas, avec l'énergie du désespoir. Toujours déçue, incapable d'accéder à la « vraie » vie, son ultime solution sera à la mesure de sa démesure...

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  4. Forty-something Pierre is serving a 14-year prison sentence. His mother, who is approaching 80, visits him every week. Suzanne, Pierre’s current wife, has moved on since he was sent away.
    Each character gives us a frank account of a period
    in their lives that seems suspended in time by the fragile connection between life “on the inside” and the
    world outside.
    Their destinies are linked by crime, guilt and loneliness, and like casualties of love and desire, they are dying to stick their heads above water and breathe the air of life.

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  5. Chantal is a secretive young girl. She lives with her sick mother and unemployed father. When her mother dies, she leaves the family home for the Gaspé peninsula. She brings with her a photo of a beach where her mother longed to return. Chantal tries to find the place, but in vain. After wandering around for days, she runs out of money and takes refuges with Serge, a taciturn farmer, on his small farm in the back country.

    Serge hires Chantal, and slowly, these two lonely people get to know each other. The natural landscape around her inspires Chantal to open up to the world and its beauty. The farm is in trouble. Serge is resisting his sister Laura’s attempts to unload what remains of their family property. They are at an impasse.

    Serge and Chantal gradually take to one another. The film is the story of the way they meet and form a bond.

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