Le beau Jacques
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At first sight, they would appear to live in two different worlds. He lives in Monaco, is young, brimming with health and a millionaire. They live in a semi-basement in Quebec City, are retired, and have ruined their health with pills, coffee and cigarettes. And yet, beyond everything that separates them, they share the same passion : automobile racing. Shot during the 1997 Formula 1 Grand Prix, Le Beau Jacques follows the parallel activities of Jacques Villeneuve and the director’s two aunts, the race-car driver’s greatest fans. This short film in the form of a family album is a kind of tragi-comic essay on the ways we identify with our idols.

Awards and mentions
Prix Courts, Vue sur les docs
Festival du film documentaire de Marseille
1999
Mention honorable
Festival Juste pour rire
Montréal
1999
Mention remarquable du jury
Festival of Nations
Ebensee
1999
1998
Canada
17:05
Original language
French
Subtitles
English

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Credits

Direction
Stéphane Thibault
Cast
Philomène Cantin
Gilberte Cantin
Camera
Stéphane Thibault
Editing
Stéphane Thibault
Online Editing
Stéphane Tremblay
Co-production
Robert Morin
Lorraine Dufour
Brigitte Nadeau
La Coop vidéo de Montréal
Productions Toutatoé
Vidéographe

Technical information

Color
Color
Sound
Stereo

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Keywords
Symbol, Admiration, Celebrity, Automobile race, Irony