Victoria (2008)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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Thirty-five years after directing her first feature film, iconic actress Anna Karina once again steps behind the camera for this charming comedy-drama shot in Canada. Jimmy (Emmanuel Reichenbach) and Stanislas (Jean-Francois Moran) are a pair of nightclub performers who play second-rate gay nightclubs as part of a drag act called "Les Lolitas." However, their nerve outstrips their talent, and one eventful night they're been booed off the stage and land in jail after getting into a fistfight when good fortune finally smiles on them. Jimmy and Stanislas are bailed out by Louis Jardin (Woodson Louis), a stylish talent agent who offers "Les Lolitas" a tour of Quebec with an impressive payday. Jimmy and Stanislas leap at the chance, but soon discover they're traveling with Victoria (Anna Karina), a woman in her mid-sixties who can't speak and is putting up the money for the tour. The guys both find romance while touring the wilds of French Canada -- Jimmy hooks up with Susanna (Sophie Desmarais), a nervous teenager with a drug problem, while Stanislas more sensibly pairs up with Pauline (Sylvie De Morais-Nogueira), who works at a hotel where the duo is staying. But Victoria doesn't like to keep Jimmy and Stanislas out of her sight, and in time we discover there's a good reason why she's so fascinated with two second-rate female impersonators. Victoria received its world premiere at the 2008 Pusan International Film Festival.