Camping Sauvage

6 out of 10


Not Only A Comedy

What would happen if people from two different worlds came together? The setting of the movie takes place in the near future. The protagonist male, Pierre-Louis Cinq-Mars (Guy A. Lepage) is a big city stockbroker who is a perfectionist by nature and devoid of emotion. On this typical day, he heads to work unaware that his life is about to change. After witnessing a hit and run accident, Pierre files a report with the police and as a result finds his life is in jeopardy from a dangerous killer. At the suggestion of police, he leaves everything behind and moves to a remote camp ground called, "Pigeon Camping". Shortly after he arrives at the camping site, he meets the owner Jackie Pigeon (Sylvie Moreau). She is a wild and flirtatious young woman who immediately captures Pierre’s attention and they start to develop a special relationship. Pierre finds happiness with Pigeon, however the killers continue to threaten their lives as they continue to run from danger.

Co-directors Sylvain Roy, Guy A. Lepage and actress Sylvie Moreau of the previous TV series “Un gars, une fille” have reunited to produce the film of “Camping Sauvage”. In the past, Lepage has received twenty Gemeaux awards including best director, best script and best TV series from 1998 to 2002. Sylvain Roy was a director and a photographer for “Un gars, une fille”, the same show that Guy A. Lepage was playing as one of his casts. He won five Gemeaux awards for the best director from 1998 to 2002 as well as directing more than a dozen of TV commercials. Sylvie Moreau was the winner of the Genie award for best performance by an actress in January 2000.

“Camping Sauvage” is not only a comedy but also touches on lessons on the values of life. The film is like a vision of the future; it shows that the development of technology has advanced so far as to create fewer interactions between people, which creates antisocial individuals like Cinq Mars. He was a cold hearted man with no sense of humour. He was living a very structured life until he moved to “Pigeon Camping”. And most importantly, he had no reason to smile until he met Jackie Pigeon. It’s like watching an emotionless robot transform into a human filled with emotions.

Although the ending could have been better, overall the movie is a fun-filled comedy which brought out many laughs from the audience. However, after viewing this picture, it is hard not to reflect on whether or not one may become like Cinq Mars. As a result, “Camping Sauvage” may have its flaws, but is an experience worth while and is a flick that viewers will not regret.

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Film Critic: Jane J Bang

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