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"Drugs, delinquency, dysfunctional families, abandonment, poverty: “real life” is tough for young people in Montréal-Nord. Magnus Isacsson followed four teens from the impoverished area for 18 months, capturing not only their problems but their immense energy and will to escape. At the heart of their struggle is rap: raw, sincere, potent music that speaks for the disenfranchised. With his rare ability to get close to his subjects and remarkable sensitivity, without a trace of pathos, Isacsson put his subjects’ self-expression front and centre, resulting in one of his finest films. Four unforgettable portraits of four people who share the filmmaker’s generosity of spirit." 

(Charlotte Selb - RIDM)

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Original or Alternative Title

  • Ma vie réelle ((My Real Life)

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Screening Formats

  • DVD,
  • BluRay,
  • HDCAM,
  • HD CAM SR,


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  • Les Films du 3 Mars logo