Films from Past Years/ Salesman, The
Director: Sébastien Pilote
In an across-the-border debut comedy by Quebeçois director Sébastien Pilote, Marcel Lévesque has been salesman of the month for the last sixteen years at the car dealership where he has spent his career, in the declining industrial town of Lac Saint-Jean – over two hours north of Quebec City – where it’s cold enough to scare away the tourists and buying a car sometimes seems completely absurd. There’s just one thing on his mind: getting his beloved Detroit rides off the lot. Marcel Lévesque is a salesman from a bygone era, a man who learned his trade by telling tales – “fibs dressed up with flowers” – and making his customers happy. But a tragedy will change everything for this peddler of dreams.