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Matthieu Simard

Author - Screenwritter

Matthieu Simard likes writing novels a lot more than writing his own bio. Usually, he’ll just list his books, which have been published by Stanké: Échecs amoureux et autres niaiseries, Ça sent la coupe, Douce moitié and Louis qui tombe tout seul, all of which, although he doesn’t like to brag, have experienced remarkable success. He might also mention his directing work: he’s taken on several film projects in the past few years, which are currently in production. That’s usually where he stops because he’s not sure what should come next. Thankfully, as of a few months ago, he can now add that the first episode of his teen series Pavel, published by Courte échelle, has aired on television. Plus vivant que toutes les pornstars réunies was nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 2009, which made Matthieu pretty happy.

Patrice Sauvé


Patrice Sauvé is one of Quebec's most prolific directors in recent years. Since his beginnings, he has been involved in the production of cultural and public  magazines, documentaries and television series. In 2001, he directed La Vie, the author Stéphane Bourguignon's life. This drama series has achieved tremendous popular and critical success. In all, 10 Gemeaux were awarded to him, including that of the best achievement two consecutive years. The fantastic series Grande Ourse and L'Héritière de la Grande Ourse both of which received the Gemeaux Award for the Best Directing  and won more 20 Gemeaux Awards in total. In 2004, he directed the series Ciao Bella! Cheech was his first feature film. He then directed for television some episodes of the soap opera Les Parents III, the series Vertige and more recently Karl & Max.




Fiction Feature Film | Comedy Drama | 90 minutes | 2017

Based on the novel by Matthieu Simard

With Louis-José Houde, Émilie Bibeau, Julianne Côté, Louis-Philippe Dandenault, Maxime Mailloux, Patrick Drolet, Marilyn Castonguay

Screenplay  Matthieu Simard

Direction Patrice Sauvé

Production Ginette Petit et Nathalie Bissonnette

Associated Production Andrew Molson et Pierre Brousseau

Canadian distribution Les Films Séville



Production Direction Sylvie Trudelle

First Assistant Director Normand Bourgie

Direction of Photography Ronald Plante

Casting Pierre Pageau et Daniel Poisson 

Art Direction Jean Babin

Costumes Carmen Alie

Hair Martin Lapointe

Make-up Djina Caron

Editing Michel Grou

Original Music  Luc Sicard et Martin Roy

Sound Claude La Haye, Martin C. Desmarais, Olivier Calvert et Luc Boudrias

Post-production Supervisor Pierre Thériault

Financial Partners  Téléfilm Canada - Le Fonds Harold Greenberg - Crédit d’impôt du Québec - Crédit d’impôt du Canada - La Société Radio-Canada. Developed with the financial support  of SODEC and Fonds COGÉCO de développement d'émissions


Thirty-five year old Max is a prisoner of his own past. Since the death of his parents seven years ago, all he does is hang out in the living room of his small apartment watching hockey games with his girlfriend Julie and his childhood friends, or desultorily managing the hockey card store that he inherited from his parents. But when Julie suddenly decides to leave him, Max is forced to re-evaluate the way he’s been living. And thus begins a long interior journey filled with obstacles and bad decisions, at the end of which Max will have to begin mourning his father, stop looking backward toward the past, and finally face the future.

Between the first Montreal Canadians match of the 2009-2010 season and the last, against the Philadelphia Flyers seven months later, Max will have to deal with the return of his sister Nathalie, who has been in exile since the death of their parents, and the insecurity of his best friend Phil as he enters into a stormy relationship with Nathalie. Above all, and with the help of his other old friends Richard and François, Max will have to learn from Julie’s departure, despite his irresistible desire to get back together with her.

Ça sent la coupe is a sensitive dramatic comedy filled with tenderness and humour. Steeped in its characters’ love for the game of hockey, the film explores not only Max’s powerful transformation, but also that of a group of friends – and an entire generation.

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