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Mars et Avril (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Music | 5 October 2012 (USA)
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Based on an acclaimed graphic novel, Mars & Avril is set in Montreal of the future, at the dawn of the first human landing on Mars, and tells the story of a musician who becomes obsessed with his muse.


Martin Villeneuve
1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Languirand ... Jacob Obus
Caroline Dhavernas ... Avril
Paul Ahmarani ... Arthur
Robert Lepage ... Eugène Spaak - tête
Jean Asselin Jean Asselin ... Eugène Spaak - corps / Serveur automate
Stéphane Demers ... Bernard Brel
Jean Marchand ... Pneumatologue
Kathleen Fortin ... Modèle d'Arthur
Marcel Sabourin ... Capucin
André Montmorency ... Pierrot
Gabriel Gascon Gabriel Gascon ... Arlequin
Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais ... Marsonaute no. 1
Pierre Leblanc Pierre Leblanc ... Marsonaute no. 2
Richard Robitaille Richard Robitaille ... Marsonaute no. 3
Khanh Hua Khanh Hua ... Serveur automate


Montreal, the future. Elderly jazz musician Jacob Obus (Jacques Languirand) still draws in audiences with his mesmerizing performances, playing instruments based on female models, designed by his much younger pal Arthur (Paul Ahmarani). The latest model, intriguing artist Avril (Caroline Dhavernas), entices both Arthur and Jacob. In the resulting love triangle, the old musician is ultimately victorious and appears to be in love for the first time in his life. But then Avril is accidentally transported to Mars, where the first manned mission just happened to land. Enter Eugène Spaak (Robert Lepage), inventor, cosmologist and Arthur's father, who unveils a new theory about man's desire to reach Mars and helps Jacob find the true meaning of life and love. Written by Mars et Avril Inc.

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Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mars and April See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »


Box Office


CAD 2,250,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Aboard the Orient Express, Jacob Obus and Eugène Spaak are respectively ordering an "electric eel" and a "flying fish". This scene was shot on April 1st, 2009 and, in volume 2 of the graphic novel, Eugène's order was actually the "April's fool special". See more »


Avril: It takes an old medium to appreciate a new language.
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Le gravophone
Composed by Benoît Charest
Courtesy of Simone Records (available on iTunes and in vinyl record)
Under license from EMA Films & Mars et Avril Inc.
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A very nice effort in displaying the journey through imagination and beyond consciousness
5 April 2015 | by s-parsi2005See all my reviews

I extremely enjoyed this movie. I personally do not like slow rhythm movies but I confess I didn't even forward a second. The actors were great the concepts and symbolism all over the movie scenes challenged my mind to think more deeper. The story connected love,music and infinity together. The only lame part was that elevator. it could be sth else. It was more cooler that that girl only existed in Jacob's dream and he could bring her back to reality. It is one of the few movies that show consciousness as a whole new world yet not fully discovered by human. I strongly recommend this movie. I am not an expert to criticize the movie but in general it was a really nice effort and i don't get why its ranking is not over7.

that view from the top of the stairs that looked like an infinite spiral was amazing. The ending can be interpreted in many ways. I want to accept that Avril stays alive in real world but there is also the possibility that the real reality was that one Jacob traveled to at the end so he dies and leaves the virtual reality.

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