14A, substance abuse, sexual content.
Dir: Matthew Bissonnette, Canada/Ireland, 2020, 101 min. Gabriel Byrne, Jessica Paré, Brian Gleeson, Antoine Olivier Pilon.
“Films about booze-fuelled benders are supposed to be raucous, head-spinning affairs capped off with a final blaze of glory, but in Death of a Ladies’ Man, director Matt Bissonette quiets the genre to create a slow-burning masterpiece. The film follows Samuel O’Shea (Gabriel Byrne), a middle-aged professor of poetry at McGill University whose second marriage has just fallen apart and whose life is in tatters… After 40 years spent teetering on the edge of alcoholism, he has finally gone off the edge. Not to mention he is quickly losing his mind in a fit of hallucinations. Life couldn’t possibly be going worse for Samuel, that is until he gets some grim news from his doctor… Suddenly face-to-face with his own mortality, Samuel goes on an impromptu trip to his native Ireland to finish his life’s work, as well as make sense of his childhood in the company of his dead father’s ghost. His visit to Ireland goes awry though as Samuel finds himself tumbling into one final romance, and rather than the curtains closing on his miserable life, he is called back for a wonderfully strange final act… Refreshingly original… Death of a Ladies’ Man is a hilariously disarming look at living, dying, and whatever it is that happens in-between.” – Tom Ndekezi – The Gateway. Featuring the iconic songs of Leonard Cohen.