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by Olivier Abbou


Canada, near the US border. Jalil, Leslie, Michelle, Gab and Tom are driving back home after a wedding. A car blocks the road. Forces them to stop. It’s the border police. The officers check their ID. They seem suspicious. Their questioning slowly intensifies. They seem particularly intrigued with Jalil and question his identity. As good citizens, the group stays calm. After all, they’ve done nothing wrong… Except that broken light… Except that pot found in the car… Tension rises. Leslie tries to get Tom’s medication in the car. But the officers prevent her. The police check turns nasty. The group is cuffed. Leslie protests; as an answer, she is tied to a post and gets an “intimate” body search in front of her friends. The officers then suspect their little dog is a drug mule… and they rip it open with a knife ! The situation spirals out of control. Someone is shot. The group is dragged off to a special jail in the heart of the forest. Stuffed into cages. Along with questions. They’ll need to find answers. Or a way out.

original title: Territoires
country: Canada, France
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Olivier Abbou
film run: 95'
release date: FR 08/06/2011
screenplay: Olivier Abbou, Thibault Lang Willar
cast: Roc LaFortune, Sean Devine, Nicole Leroux, Cristina Rosato, Michael Mando, Alex Weiner, Stephen Shellen, Tim Rozon
cinematography by: Karim Hussain
film editing: Douglas Buck
costumes designer: Annie Dufort
producer: Richard Goudreau, Sylvain Proulx, Raphaël Rocher, Jérôme Vidal
production: Capture the Flag Films, Noodles Productions, Les Films Esplanade, Les Films du Territoire (CA)
distributor: SND (Société Nouvelle de Distribution) Films
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