Onur Karaman, Canada 2012, 87′
with Karim Jallal, Raphael Lacaille, Dominic Quarré
French w/ Engl. subtitles
FRI 25 JULY, 7pm
Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Free admission & non-ticketed
They have no job, no ambition, no girlfriend and probably no future. Every day, Karim picks up his friend J.P., the local pot dealer, and the two young men lounge on a park bench all day. Alone or with José, they wait — not for Godot, but for one of their freaky customers to call or drop by. These “businessmen” have one goal in mind: to chill and smoke pot till sundown. In his self-produced debut feature, Onur Karaman captures the aimlessness and inertia of men in their twenties living in the suburbs of Montreal. With a highly realistic approach that’s never preachy, the film delves into how issues of immigration and racism play out in daily life. It’s a snapshot of cultural diversity, the challenges of integrating, and the prejudice and stereotypes affecting the three main characters, an Arab, a Latino and a Québécois (all of whom were in fact born in Quebec). Raphaël Lacaille, winner of a best actor award at the Whistler Film Festival for Maxime Giroux’s Jo pour Jonathan, is perfect here as a pothead slacker, and Karim Jallal gives a stirring performance as a young man leading a double life.