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The Necessities of Life

  • Drama
  • 2008
  • Benoit Pilon
  • 102 mins

Summary

In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to speak French and faced with a completely alien world, he becomes despondent. When he refuses to eat and expresses a wish to die, his nurse, Carole, comes to the realization 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 with 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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Credits

Cast

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TiiviiNatar Ungalaaq
CaroleÉveline Gélinas
KakiPaul-André Brasseur
Soeur LuceLouise Marleau
Dr. MontpetitGuy Thauvette
RogerAntoine Bertrand
JosephVincent-Guillaume Otis
Père MillaireDenis Bernard
L'horlogerLuc Proulx
QupanuaqMiali Buscemi

Crew

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DirectorBenoit Pilon
WriterBernard Émond
ProducerBernadette Payeur
ComposerRobert Marcel Lepage
EditorRichard Comeau

Details

Languages
English | Latin | French | Inuktitut
Formats
Colour
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