Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Continuing a saga that began with his previous, 1978 film, Vautours director Jean-Claude Labrecque returns with the French Canadian, Louis Pelletier (Gilbert Sicotte) and puts him in the context of the growing separatist movement in the late 1960s in Quebec. At that time, supporters of an independent Quebec began to consolidate their power under the Parti Québecois -- and the story of Louis and his wife Claudette (Anne-Marie Provencher) are meant to illustrate this watershed in Quebec's history. As the film begins, Claudette and Louis are about to get married -- and their wedding day significantly coincides with preparations for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Years later, they are well-established in Montreal and are enjoying visits from their family -- and then their lives start to deteriorate. Louis is suddenly out of work, and as he faces the difficulties of finding another job -- and of living precariously -- he becomes more radical, less accepting of the status quo. Although Labrecque's Années de Rêves is of excellent quality in all departments, the downbeat second half of the film and the subtly anti-separatist stance will not play equally well to all audiences.
against-all-odds, independence, marriage, poverty, unemployment, wedding