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Reflecting our society, the world of junior hockey seems more and more obsessed with competition. Without making any judgments, Junior gives us a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at our national sport. Taking in one complete season with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, this film reveals the daily lives of managers and players on this Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team.

This documentary marries the steady pace of fiction films with the sensitive eye of the “direct cinema” tradition. It intentionally shows no scenes of hockey being played, yet proves that what happens off the ice is no less exciting. Admired and treated like professionals, junior hockey players are already stars whose lives have very little margin of error. They are also teenagers as young as 16, who are already gambling with their future. Trainers, shareholders, agents, scouts and parents: all eyes are fixed on these elite young players, even though only a tiny number of them will succeed in playing at the highest level.

By intercutting evocative images and making effective symbolic links, Junior offers a real-life portrait of an environment that engenders deep emotions despite its rough exterior.

2008, 96 min 02 s

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Best Documentary: Society
Prix Gémeaux
September 20 2009, Montréal - Canada

Best Canadian Feature Documentary
Hot Docs
April 17 to 27 2008, Toronto - Canada

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