Livestream Q+A with director Matthew Bissonnette starts at 1:45 pm
Ontario only; February 27 at 12:00 pm until March 7 at 11:59 pm.
Director: Matthew Bissonnette
Featuring: Gabriel Byrne, Jessica Paré, Brian Gleeson, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément
Runtime: 101 minutes
Rating: most audiences; substance abuse, sexual content
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Iconic songs by Leonard Cohen provide a highly memorable throughline for writer-director Matt Bissonnette’s warm and wry portrait of an incorrigible man who doesn’t have much time left to change his ways. Delivering the latest in a long line of terrific performances, Gabriel Byrne stars as Samuel O’Shea, a poet, scholar and womanizer whose last adventure takes him from Montreal back home to Ireland. As Samuel’s perceptions of the world become increasingly less trustworthy, Cohen’s music takes a starring role in musical fantasy segments that add imagination, wit and grace to this charming and poignant story of a man reckoning with an all too colourful past and a present that’s slipping through his fingers.