Thirty-five year old Max is a prisoner of his own past. Since the death of his parents seven years ago, all he does is hang out in the living room of his small apartment watching hockey games with his girlfriend Julie and his childhood friends, or desultorily managing the hockey card store that he inherited from his parents. But when Julie suddenly decides to leave him, Max is forced to re-evaluate the way he’s been living. And thus begins a long interior journey filled with obstacles and bad decisions, at the end of which Max will have to begin mourning his father, stop looking backward toward the past, and finally face the future.
Between the first Montreal Canadians match of the 2009-2010 season and the last, against the Philadelphia Flyers seven months later, Max will have to deal with the return of his sister Nathalie, who has been in exile since the death of their parents, and the insecurity of his best friend Phil as he enters into a stormy relationship with Nathalie. Above all, and with the help of his other old friends Richard and François, Max will have to learn from Julie’s departure, despite his irresistible desire to get back together with her.
Ça sent la coupe is a sensitive dramatic comedy filled with tenderness and humour. Steeped in its characters’ love for the game of hockey, the film explores not only Max’s powerful transformation, but also that of a group of friends – and an entire generation.
Author and screenwriter
Matthieu Simard likes writing novels a lot more than writing his own bio. Usually, he’ll just list his books, which have been published by Stanké: Échecs amoureux et autres niaiseries, Ça sent la coupe, Douce moitié and Louis qui tombe tout seul, all of which, although he doesn’t like to brag, have experienced remarkable success. He might also mention his directing work: he’s taken on several film projects in the past few years, which are currently in production. That’s usually where he stops because he’s not sure what should come next. Thankfully, as of a few months ago, he can now add that the first episode of his teen series Pavel, published by Courte échelle, has aired on television. Plus vivant que toutes les pornstars réunies was nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 2009, which made Matthieu pretty happy.