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2 secondes

Directed by Manon Briand
Canada, 1998 (fiction, 103 minutes, colour, French)
Also known as "2 seconds", "Deux secondes", "Paradoxe"

Film Description:
"Just moments before the start of a mountain-bike downhill, Laurie, a young racer, hesitates for a couple of seconds. That hesitation quickly turns into a retirement from the sport. She returns to Montreal, goes to live with her brother, a physicist who divides his time between hunting girlfriends and theorizing about relativity. Laurie attempts to assuage her need for speed by working as a bicycle courier downtown. By chance she comes across the bicycle shop of Lorenzo, a grumpy, Italian former cycling champion who now holes up in the back of his workshop installing wheels. Lorenzo takes an instant dislike to Laurie; this girl reminds him too much of himself. But Laurie is stubborn and keeps coming back for more. One evening they decide to face off in a peculiar conversational duel. Lorenzo shows Laurie how every triumph is relative and that, as with relativity, speed is not the only way to make time stand still."
-- World Film Festival / Festival des films du monde (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Manon Briand
Produced by: Roger Frappier
Principal Cast: Charlotte Laurier, Dino Tavarone, Yves Pelletier, Pascal Auclair
Cinematography: James Gray
Film Editing: Richard Comeau
Music: Sylvain-Charles Grand, Dominique Grand
Production Company: Max Films
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Awards won by 2 secondes

Notes about 2 secondes

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Quotes by the Director [in French]

"Je dessinais mon film [2 secondes] comme une bande dessinée avant de le tourner. Ça m'aidait à me faire comprendre de l'équipe, à mieux assurer le découpage."
-- Manon Briand (source)

"Quand les évaluateurs ont lu le scénario [de 2 secondes], ils ont tous eu la même réaction. Ils ont dit que ce n'était pas là une écriture standard. Ils voyaient mal la trame et doutaient du résultat. Je leur ai dit: 'Ma trame, c'est une femme assise sur une bicyclette qui fait avancer le film.' J'ai dû me battre pour ne pas avoir à être dramatique. Je voulais que le film reste léger."
-- Manon Briand (source)

Quote about 2 secondes

"Laurie finds lesbian love: period. For once, no problems with the lesbianism; the problems lie elsewhere."
-- Lucille Cairns (source)

Quote about 2 secondes [in French]

"C'est le langage du film, le dynamisme des images, le rythme qui charment surtout, avec ce regard frais porté sur Montréal. 2 secondes incorpore toutes sortes de capsules d'humour et de tendresse à un message plus moral (un peu moins réussi). Mais ça bouge, ça coule, c'est bien réalisé."
-- Odile Tremblay (source)

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