by the late Leonard Cohens
poetic and enigmatic songs, the quirky,
emotive, dark and uncompromisingly
tongue-in-cheek movie Death Of
A Ladies Man sees an alcoholic,
womanising college professor descend
into a crazy world of hallucinogenic
DIVORCED FROM THE MOTHER OF HIS CHILDREN and remarried, serial adulterer
and alcoholic Samuel O'Shea (the ever-reliable Gabriel Byrne: The Usual Suspects;
Miller's Crossing) comes home to find his wife Linda (Carolina Bartczakas)
playing him at his own game in bed with the youthful Jack (Pat Kiely).
The impending divorce upsets him as he spends Christmas with his teenaged children
Layton (Antoine Oliver Pilon: Mommy) and Josée (Karelle Tremblay), their
mother Geneviève (Suzanne Clément), and her partner Jonathan (Tyrone Benskin).
Byrne is superb
as the alcoholic,
unfaithful and troubled
Samuel. A marvellous
supporting cast revel
in the fantastic imagery.
We were intrigued by
Death Of A Ladies Man
and its witty one-liners,
so stick with it...
is alarmed to find he is having bizarre hallucinations as Layton's ice hockey
match becomes an amazing dance routine to Leonard Cohen. At first, he believes
he is drinking too much, but Dr Sarah Savard (Pascalle Bussières) diagnoses
an inoperable, terminal brain tumour.
His reality melding with delusion, Sam meets the apparent ghost of his father
Ben (Brian Gleeson: Phantom Thread; Frank of Ireland), who died when
Sam was young, offering words of comfort and enlightenment.
Drinking with Frankenstein's Monster (Michael Hearn) in a bar and an uncomfortable
altercation with a student follows. Finally Sam seeks to find peace from his
imaginings in his family's remote cottage in Ireland, working on the book he
had always planned to write.
There he meets and falls in love with young Charlotte Lafleur (Jessica Paré:
Mad Men; Brooklyn) and believes he is finding himself again. But his
happiness is shattered by two unexpected events that bring devastating consequences.
Gabriel Byrne is superb as the alcoholic, unfaithful and troubled Samuel. A
marvellous supporting cast revel in the fantastic imagery. We were intrigued
by Death Of A Ladies' Man and its witty one-liners, so stick with it.
There is also a touching scene where Sam attends an Alcoholics' meeting where
everybody ends up laughing and dancing together. Or do they?
Death Of A Ladies' Man is somewhat downbeat, yet optimistic in its approach;
with crazy hallucinations and a questionable reality offering much to ponder
over. A dark, semi-comedy drama benefiting from a believable cast and the fantastic
music of the late, much-missed Leonard Cohen. Matt Bissonnette is clearly a
fan. So are we.
Contains a liberal scattering of bad language and scenes of mental health, drug
Filmed in Montreal, Canada, and on Mweenish Island off the West Coast of Ireland,
Death Of A Ladies' Man also features: Natalia Biedik as The Anthem Singer;
Stephen Baxter as Layton's Boyfriend; Joel Bissonnette as Brendan; Massimo Cannistaro
as The Cab Driver; Norah Guerch as Single Woman; Paul McCluskey as Kevin; and
Zahra O'Shea as Death.
Music is by Stephen Runicks; Cinematography by Jonathon Cliff; Producers are:
Martina Nilland, Marie-Claude Poulin, Dan Carmody, Corey Marr and Aleksandr
Kustinev; Written and Directed by Matt Bissonnette.
Songs Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen: Memories (Music by Phil
Spector) | Bird On The Wire | Why Don't You Try | Hallelujah
| Did I Ever Love You | Heart With No Companion. The Lost Canadian
features Traditional Music with Lyrics by Antoine Gérin-Lajoie and is Performed
by Leonard Cohen | Whiskies In The Jar is Performed by Paddy O'Gorman.
*Death Of A Ladies' Man is presented by Blue Finch Film Releasing on Digital
Download on 25 July 2022. Certificate: 15 | Running Time: 100 Minutes Approximately.
"Quirky, emotive, dark and uncompromisingly tongue-in-cheek… Death Of A Ladies'
Man is somewhat downbeat, but optimistic in its approach; with crazy hallucinations
and a questionable reality offering much to ponder over… benefiting from a convincing
cast and the fantastic music of the late, much-missed Leonard Cohen" *** Maggie Woods, MotorBar
"A potent blend of comedy and drama" Concrete Playground
"Byrne is at his very best… The film is a must" Far Out Magazine