André ForcierCanada84 minutes1974B&WEnglish
Writer-director André Forcier established himself as a formidable talent with this wry, witty tour of Quebec's working-class milieu.
Independently produced for a mere $60,000 and shot on Super 16mm on a short 27-day schedule, Bar Salon established its 25-year-old writer-director André Forcier as a formidable talent in Quebec cinema. The film centres on Charles (Guy L'Écuyer), a 50-ish bar owner whose business is on the verge of going under. Catering to what remains of his down-and-out clientele while scrambling to keep his head above water, Charles obtains a second job as the manager of a suburban bar, but blows this last slim chance when he becomes unwisely enamoured of a topless dancer. Recalling the early Czech films of Milos Forman in its deceptively casual but carefully constructed narrative, observational humour and bittersweet tone, Bar Salon offers a wry, witty tour of the Quebec working-class milieu.