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Fall 2010
November 29

The Necessities of LifeThe Necessities of Life

Quebec 2008, 102 minutes, historical drama
Director: Benoît Pilon
French/Inuktitut with English subtitles

In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii is taken away from his northern home to get treatment for tuberculosis in Quebec City. Uprooted, he must deal with strange new surroundings, a foreign language and separation from his loved ones.

The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre) isn’t a story about the right-or-wrong of government policy. It’s the story of one man’s struggle to maintain a sense of self so far from home. It reaches across cultures to remind us of our fragility. In examining the necessities of life, director Pilon presents a variety of options – communication, belonging, acceptance and family – but chief among them is dignity.

A powerful story that works its magic in small and unexpected ways.

Canada’s entry for Best Foreign Film Academy Award in 2009. Filmed in Quebec City and Iqaluit.


»  Georgia Strait review.
»  Review by Denis Harvey in Variety.


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