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The Ruse

Johanne Prégent / 2023 / 11 min. / Canada / FRENCH / SUBS ENGLISH

Synopsis

Clara, 14-year-old, eats her lunch every day hidden away in the school bathroom. In the eyes of her peers, she’s a bitch. She has suffered their bullying, but now knows how to avoid her tormentors, although her school life remains troubled and dysfunctional. When 12-year-old Felix stumbles into HER room looking for a place to hide, the hunted teens find themselves in forced isolation. Forced to spend time together, their resistance gives way to complicity, and when Felix’s attackers find their hideout, the pair have to think quick to elaborate a plan. In a brave mix of improvisation, sincerity and sensitivity, they make up a strategy to change their fates.

Cast & Crew

  • Screenplay : Katherine Dupont
  • Cinematographer : Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky
  • Editor : René Caron
  • Sound : Normand Lapierre
  • Sound mix : Robin C
  • Sound editor : Robin C
  • Music : Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux
  • Cast : Leevia Elliott Robinson et Eliott Desjardins Gauthier
  • Production : PVP MEDIA INC ET MICHEL GAUTHIER PRODUCTIONS INC

Genre

Fiction

Topics

Youth, Childhood, Violence

Biography

Since her first film in 1987, Johanne Prégent has directed numerous projects for the big screen and television, including Les Orphelins de Duplessis, Les grands Procès, Les Intrépides and Scoop. Her films have won numerous awards in Quebec and abroad. She teaches directing, cinematographic writing and character creation at L’inis, and is a screenwriting advisor and scriptwriter-editor on numerous film projects and TV series.


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