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Love and Human Remains (1993)

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Based upon a play by screenwriter Brad Fraser, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Denys Arcand's dark-humored drama Love and Human Remains follows the lives of a group of young Canadians, with a particular focus on their romantic and sexual experiences. The central characters are two roommates, David and Candy. The cynical, witty David is a former television actor turned waiter, the lonely, dissatisfied Candy a book critic; the two were formerly lovers, before David proclaimed his homosexuality. Candy is also questioning her sexuality, having begun a lesbian affair after wondering if her failures with men indicates she might be happier with a woman; meanwhile, David is becoming acquainted with Kane, a handsome, young busboy of uncertain sexuality who idolizes the older David. The other members of the ensemble are also somehow connected to the roommates, through friendship or romance, including Benita, a young dominatrix and part-time psychic, and Bernie, a boastful but insecure young businessman. The couplings and shifting relationships of these characters are intercut with the rather more severe story of a serial murderer who has been terrorizing the city's women, allowing Arcand to place the film's melodramatic elements in an edgier context. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

Mia Kirshner
as Benita
Rick Roberts
as Bartender
Karen Young
as Singer
Serge Houde
as Cowboy
Maurice Podbrey
as Theatre Director
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Critic Reviews for Love and Human Remains

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

Quirky movie.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

The result is kind of a mess, but an intriguing one; it's not a very good movie, but you don't stop watching it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Posits friendship as a sacrament in the lives of some amoral urban characters

Full Review… | August 26, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Wickedly funny and wickedly moving

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

'm still working on figuring out "the moral of the story"

July 2, 2001
Filmcritic.com

A one-of-a-kind film that takes a lot of courageous chances.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
TheFilmFile.com

Audience Reviews for Love and Human Remains

One of those films that's eluded me ever since I first saw it back in the VHS days, so I was happy to finally track it down on DVD from what I recall being one of those Warner Archives sales. It holds up well, with a couple of friends navigating the unsteady waters of dating in the '90s in an unnamed metropolitan area of Canada, where a serial killer is also taking victims. Well worth a rental if you get the chance.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Awesome 90's movie, one of my favourites. Still love it to this day. It's about a group of people. A gay man, David (Thomas Gibson) and his flatmate and friend, Candy. Candy is treated badly by her boyfriend, so when a young lesbian woman falls in love with her, she flirts back, not realising the consequences of her actions. David, meanwhile, has attracted the attention of his sexually confused young employee, and encourages him. There's also a back story with a serial killer, but really it's surplus. This is just a great character study about real and flawed people who could be your neighbours or co workers. Never tire of this one.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Often overlooked gem of 90's Indie Cinema.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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