NECESSITIES OF LIFE (THE)
It's the beginning of the 1950s and Tivii, an Inuit hunter, is flown to a Quebec sanatorium to be treated for tuberculosis. Weak, unable to communicate or to understand others, and far from his loved ones, Tivii decides to give up and to give in to death. His nurse, Carole, however, understanding Tivii’s desolation, refuses to let him slip away and arranges for a young Inuit named Kaki, to be transferred to his sanatorium. Kaki knows white society well and helps Tivii decode his situation. Tivii’s pride and will to live are further helped by his teaching Kaki about the ways of their land and of the Inuit people.
Benoit Pilon studied film at Concordia University in Montreal. After starting as an assistant director, he began making fictional and documentary films, the best-known of which is Roger Toupin, épicier variété (2003) which won many prizes including a Jutra for best documentary and a Bayard d’or for best documentary at the Festival de Namur, in Belgium. His other works include the films Rosaire et la Petite-Nation (1997), Impressions (1998), 3 Soeurs en 2 temps (2002), Nestor et les oubliés (2006), and the television series Réseaux (1998-99). Ce qu’il faut pour vivre is his first fictional feature film.
Original version in French and in Inuktitut
Subtitled in French
Director of Photography
Michel La Veaux
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