THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE

CE QU'IL FAUT POUR VIVRE

By Benoit PILON

WAZABI FILMS (FORMERLY SEVILLE INTERNATIONAL) - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2008

Far from home, an ailing Inuit hunter experiences a rebirth and finds hope again when he forges an unlikely friendship with a young boy.

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • FRENCH, INUKTITUT
    • Duration
    • 102 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Benoit PILON
    • Writer(s)
    • Bernard ÉMOND, Benoit PILON
    • Producer(s)
    • Bernadette PAYEUR (ACPAV)
    • Synopsis
    • What does a human being need to live?
      The film uses the 1950s-era tuberculosis epidemic in the Far North as its starting point. The spread of the disease forced many Inuit to go to various Canadian cities for treatment. Tivii (Natar Ungalaaq, Atanarjuat: the Fast Runner) is taken to a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones and faced with a completely alien world, he finds himself unable to communicate with anyone.
      When his nurse, Carole (Éveline Gélinas) realizes that Tivii’s illness is not the most serious threat to his well-being, she arranges to have a young orphan, Kaki, transferred to the institution. The boy is also sick, but has experience of both worlds and speaks both languages. By sharing his culture with Kaki and opening it up to others, Tivii rediscovers his pride and energy. Ultimately he also rediscovers hope through a plan to adopt Kaki, bring him home and make him part of his family.
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