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Quebec, 2009

Production : nihilproductions



Cannes Film Festival - Directors' Fortnight, Locarno Film Festival, TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival, Filmfest Hamburg, Göteborg Film Festival



Jean-Paul Colmor is 74 years old. After an accident, he took an early retirement and has been collecting cars, wrecks, and junk for the last 40 years. Living among tons and tons of debris, he quietly works all day on his unthinkable belongings, furnishing and dealing car parts to mechanics and other iron afficionados. One day, four intruders visit Colmor in search of a corner of twisted paradise. Carcasses uses documentary and fictitious elements to try to get at the soul of an unthinkable place.

A word from Tënk

From the outside: a scrap metal cemetery; from the inside: a columbarium of finds unearthed by world class flea market trawler, collector Jean-Paul Colmor. Car skeletons and reanimated relics make up his home, an immeasurable library of memories, a most colourful material poetics. Bogged down and blissful in his baroque environment, Colmor daily recoups and discards old cars, all the while engaging in learning the Spanish language.
Reticent towards any form of convention, Denis Côté exhibits and invents a world in which protagonists conceived of and named as marginal take center stage. His film has an unusual structure, divided into two parts: first, an observational documentary shot exclusively in stills; then, additionally, in full motion, an abrupt and controlled turn towards a fictional narrative wherein the protagonists, hailing from various margins of society, nonprofessional actors who in part play, in part exist, meet and struggle to find their place in this poetic landscape.

Gabrielle Ouimet
Tënk’s Artistic Director

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