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The year is 1964. Martin Bishop is 18. His recently deceased father has left him a good education and high moral principles. The bank has seized the family farm.

Martin lands a job as a timekeeper on a Northwest Territories railway construction site. Under the watchful eye of a tyrannical foreman, the crew has 52 days to lay 52 miles of track, a lucrative endeavour it turns out. In this remote camp from where there is no escape, corruption is a way of life. The workers, a bunch of rag-tag idiots and thieves selected precisely for their defects, dare not complain.

All but Martin. What ill fate do the bosses have in store for this lamb among wolves? And what will become of Martin's lofty principles when threatened with reprisal?

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Louis Bélanger

Louis Bélanger directed his first short film, Dogmatisme ou le songe d'Adrien, with Denis Chouinard, while at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Together, they went on to make Le soleil et ses traces (1990) and Les 14 définitions de la pluie (1992). In 1999, Louis Bélanger wrote and directed his first feature film, Post Mortem, that earned him five Jutra awards, including best director. In 2001, with Isabelle Hébert, Bélanger directed Lauzon Lauzone, a feature-length documentary. Gaz Bar Blues, which he wrote and directed, opened Montreal’s Festival des films du monde in 2003. In 2006, he directed Le génie du crime, an adaptation of George F. Walker’s play, Criminal Genius. The Timekeeper, an adaptation of Trevor Ferguson’s novel of the same title, is Bélanger’s first feature in English.

35 mm

90 minutes


Aspect ratio


Original version in English

Dubbed in French


Réal Chabot

Dean English

Karen Powell


Louis Bélanger


Louis Bélanger

Lorraine Dufour

Director of Photography

Guy Dufaux


Marcel Chouinard


Roy Dupuis

Craig Olejnik

Stephen McHattie

Gary Farmer

Julian Richings

Gaston Lepage

Wayne Robson


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