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Jessy, age 11, dreams of becoming a wrestler. Already, life is a daily fight; home is chaotic and his innocence is quickly disappearing. Reality hits hard in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, a poor area of Montreal, but it can’t compete with the Friday night wrestling that gives Jessy the courage to escape his destiny. Le Ring tells the story of a little fighter determined to make his own way.

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Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

In 2000, while studying at Quebec’s Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS), Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette made her first two documentary films, Sorcières comme les autres et Les Mots bleus. She then made the documentary Buenos Aires, no llores. In 2002, she represented Canada at the United Nation’s Volunteers' Odyssey where seven teams of young reporters had the opportunity to film nearly 50 volunteer sites in the world; Barbeau-Lavalette made 15 short documentaries. Later, in Si j'avais un chapeau, she had poor children from Quebec, India, Tanzania and Palestine create and film their own stories; in Les mains du monde, she presented six people in their quest to overcome solitiude. Le Ring is Barbeau-Lavalette’s first fiction feature film.

90 minutes


Aspect ratio


Subtitled in English

Original version in French


Ian Quenneville

Thomas Ramoisy

Francine Allaire

Ginette Petit

Richard Lalonde


Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette


Renée Beaulieu

Director of Photography

Philippe Lavalette


Carina Baccanale


Olivier Léger


Maxime Desjardins Tremblay

Julianne Côté

Maxime Dumontier

Jason Roy-Léveillée

Stéphane Demers

Suzanne Lemoine

Jean-François Casabonne


Inis Relève inc.
301, rue de Maisonneuve Est
Montreal, Quebec
H2X 1K1
(514) 285-1840
(514) 285-1953


Christal Films Distribution inc.
455, rue Saint-Antoine Ouest
Bureau 300
Montreal, Quebec
H2Z 1J1
(514) 878-2282
(514) 878-2419

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