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Gaz Bar Blues

2003 1h 55m Comedy List
100% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 87% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
François Brochu (Serge Thériault) is "The Boss" -- the manager of a Montreal gas station trying to strengthen his bond with his sons while maintaining his business. He faces a multitude of problems, including thefts, hold-ups and unreliable clients. His family life has been complicated: After the death of his wife, he raised his three sons, (Sébastien Delorme, Danny Gilmore, Maxime Dumontier), who are now reluctant to take over his business despite the onset of his Parkinson's disease. Read More Read Less

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Ray Conlogue Globe and Mail A small gem. Rated: 3/4 Feb 12, 2004 Full Review Peter Howell Toronto Star There isn't much of a story to Gaz Bar Blues, but there's a wealth of understanding of the human condition. Rated: 3/5 Feb 11, 2004 Full Review Dan Sallitt Senses of Cinema A nostalgic story of a family-owned gas station... [director Louis] Bélanger's film plays just a little cute, but is perceptive and light-footed in sketching the anxiety of the benevolent paterfamilias. Oct 17, 2018 Full Review Walter Chaw Film Freak Central It cares enough about its creations to forgive a multitude of sins. Rated: 3/4 Sep 2, 2004 Full Review Liz Braun Jam! Movies Despite the small canvas, Gaz Bar Blues manages to take on the universe. Rated: 3.5/5 Feb 11, 2004 Full Review Kim Linekin eye WEEKLY Rated: 3/4 Feb 11, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Valquria G Gostei muitoo 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Change is a major theme in Gaz Bar Blues. The question of the need as well as the acceptance of change. The film, in its subtlety, gently unfolds a story. The life of each person has always been centered around the gaz bar. Change is a foreign concept, especially to Brochu, the "Boss," as the owner has been dubbed. His family (including the regulars of the gaz bar) have always depended on his maintenance of the status quo. This becomes even more challenging as change occurs within and without. The eldest son, Réjean, decides he needs a change of pace and heads to Berlin during the fall of the Wall. The inspector discuses how the gaz bar needs to change to keep up with company standards as well as the development of their self-serve competitors. The second oldest son, Guy, finds change in a new path with the harmonica and his blues band, which leads him to neglect his work at the gaz bar. The Boss, in his age, finds his physical health changing because of Parkinson's. I could go on but with these examples but you can see how the reality and inevitability of change affects these characters. They each go about these changes in their own way and this is how much of the story is revealed to us as the viewer. These questions, ones without simple answers, are posed and how they are answered reflects us and how we deal the pressure and inevitability of change. The result is an enjoyable and thought-provoking piece of cinema. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member This could be the best Canadian film ever made. Quietly gripping throughout, it makes small town life the stuff of great drama--and in a surprising but wonderfully effective way, brings in world affairs (the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of Communism) as well. Great direction, great acting--superb throughout.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Touching and beautiful Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Le cinéma québécois, c'est comme le bon vin. Faut apprendre à l'aimer pour pouvoir le savourer pleinement. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member [img]http://www.eclecticdvd.com/images/VSC1269DVD.jpg[/img] Simple, yet effective. Couple of holes here and there though. [img]http://citaya.dyndns.org/~citaya/JapanesePosters/V/VisitorQ.jpg[/img] Look, I'll get it out of the way: This is probably Miike's most messed up movie I've seen. Yup. Even worse than Ichi. The main problem is, it's incredibely [b][i]BORING [/i][/b]in the middle. Very well nearly put me to sleep. That being said, the last part is downright incredible. Once the visitor starts milking the mother (you read right), this thing gets really great. [img]http://membres.lycos.fr/nosvedettes/images/clegaultgrand/gaz_bar_blues_affiche.jpg[/img] The story of a father trying to hold his family together after his wife dies while running his business along with his sons. Great performances and dialogues and the "regulars" (a bunch of lazy wealthfare receiving old dudes who spend their days doing nothing) are all absolutely priceless. Touching without ever being an oestrogen fest. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis François Brochu (Serge Thériault) is "The Boss" -- the manager of a Montreal gas station trying to strengthen his bond with his sons while maintaining his business. He faces a multitude of problems, including thefts, hold-ups and unreliable clients. His family life has been complicated: After the death of his wife, he raised his three sons, (Sébastien Delorme, Danny Gilmore, Maxime Dumontier), who are now reluctant to take over his business despite the onset of his Parkinson's disease.
Director
Louis Bélanger
Producer
Lorraine Dufour
Screenwriter
Louis Bélanger
Production Co
Canadian Television Fund, Téléfilm Canada, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC), Super Ecran, Les Productions 23 Inc., Radio Canada Télévision, Coop Vidéo de Montréal, Quebec Film and Television Tax Credit, Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles (SODEC)
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
Canadian French
Runtime
1h 55m
Sound Mix
Surround