Death of a Ladies' Man • CIFF 2022

Death of a Ladies' Man

Saturday, March 5 • 7:30 PM

Inspired by the work of Leonard Cohen and set to some of his most beloved music, DEATH OF A LADIES' MAN is a heartfelt romantic dramedy about a carousing college professor whose life takes a series of unimaginable turns after he learns he may not be long for this world. Literature professor Samuel O'Shea (Gabriel Byrne, HEREDITARY, IN TREATMENT, THE USUAL SUSPECTS) is an exuberant womanizer and drinker who has seen better days. His second marriage is ending, his first wife and two grown children have turned against him and he has started seeing bizarre things: Frankenstein sidles into the bar; strangers sing and dance to Leonard Cohen tunes; and his much missed father (Brian Gleeson, PEAKY BLINDERS), who died when Samuel was just a boy, keeps turning up for a chat. At first Samuel thinks it's the drink, or perhaps his poetic imagination gone awry, but when he discovers that a terminal brain tumor is likely the cause of his surreal visions, he retreats to his family shack in remote Ireland, where he begins work on the novel he's always wanted to write while waiting out his final days. When he unexpectedly meets a fascinating young woman (Jessica Paré, MAD MEN), what started as an ending turns into a surprising new beginning.

(Note adapted from Celluloid Dreams.) 

Credits: DIR/SCR Matt Bissonnette; PROD Dan Carmody, Corey Marr, Martina Niland, Marie-Claude Poulin. Canada/Ireland, 2020, color, 100 min. In English. NOT RATED

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