(Dodging the Clock)
Format: 35mm Colour
Runtime: 100 min
Horloge biologique, director Ricardo Trogi’s follow-up to his highly successful debut feature, Quebec-Montreal, is a brutally honest, smart and sophisticated adult comedy that digs deep into the ambivalence that many men feel towards parenthood.
In his early thirties, Fred (Patrice Robitaille) feels no pressure to become a father, despite his girlfriend’s insistence. She has made it perfectly clear that if she becomes pregnant she will keep the child. As the birth control pills dwindle, she makes no plans to renew the prescription – so Fred desperately seeks a solution. Paul (Pierre-François Legendre), whose girlfriend is already pregnant, is terrified by his impending paternity. Convinced he will never again make love to another woman, Paul panics and sets a goal to up his number of conquests to thirty, and begins by setting his sights on his girlfriend’s Lamaze teacher. Sébastien (co-screenwriter Jean-Philippe Pearson) is the proud father of an eight-month-old baby and a happy family man. But when he realizes his family is becoming the centre of his ever-shrinking world, he wonders if his friends are right and he’s actually missing out on life.
Horloge biologique was a box-office smash in Quebec; the $4 million production grossed $4.3 million in four months of wide release. It was received very positively by critics, who praised the film’s astute combination of laugh-out-loud humour and biting emotional verisimilitude, and was named one ofCanada’s Top Ten of 2005 by an independent, national panel of filmmakers, programmers, journalists and industry professionals.