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Run Time: 119 minutes
Long-time friends, Matthias and Maxime, are on very separate paths. Matthias is climbing the ladder at his Montréal-based law firm, while Maxime is planning a fresh start in Australia, fed up with caring for his abusive and ailing mother, who is suffering with addiction. Despite differences in lifestyle and income, their tight group of guy friends meet up often to party and hang out. But after being coerced into acting in a student film, everything gets much more complicated for Matthias and Maxime. While filming, the two friends engage in a scripted kiss that deeply affects them both. As the rest of the group laughs off the kiss as part of a silly art project, Matthias and Maxime’s unexpected attraction to one another leads to a roller coaster of emotions on both sides. A complex drama sprinkled with humor, MATTHIAS AND MAXIME explores sexuality, friendship, and suppressed desires. (In English and French with subtitles) — G.S.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, April 03, 2020 at 8:15 PM ET
Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 4:45 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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