Dédé, à travers les brumes

Directed by Jean-Philippe Duval (tva)

André (Dédé) Fortin founded and fronted Montreal band Les Colocs through the '90s. He fought both external---bandmates, Quebec's robust music business, his province's independence---and internal---depression, lust for women---battles. Despite some uneven use of animation, the film shows how the battle lines in Dédé's life cross; how the personal, professional and political fronts feed each other. Sébastien Ricard's performance must, and does, transition naturally from Dédé's headlong run into conflict and then desperate run from responsibility for the carnage he causes. Ricard inhabits his character's headspace, his behaviour in relationships, particularly with his friend and creative inspiration (Dimitri Storoge, who renders his role as a casualty burning out rather than rusting, quietly and without overindulgence). Whether in studio or on stage, shots, sets and clothing are carefully calibrated and detailed. In the end, Dédé wins a few battles, but the war is lost. This film, which just screened at the Atlantic Film Festival, offers suitable remembrance.

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