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Dans le Ventre du Dragon

In The Belly of The Dragon

Director:

Yves Simoneau

Screenplay

Marcel Beaulieu, Yves Simoneau, Pierre Revelin

Producers

Michel Gauthier, Lorraine Richard, Monique Messier

Budget

 

Locations

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Language

French

Cast

Rémy Girard, Michel Côté, David La Haye

Distributor

Cité-Amérique

Genre

Suspense / Sci-Fi

Duration

100 minutes

Release Date

1989

 

 


Canada's Broken Pencil ("one of the few magazines in the world devoted exclusively to underground culture and the independent arts") have a great article called Canuxploitation! Your complete guide to the Canadian b - movie. The link above is to the whole article, but here is an extract of the relevant section, The French-Canadian b-Movie.

Roy plays Jean-Marie, 3rd-time volunteer at the cold research centre when Lou arrives and becomes his roommate.  As such, he does a lot of sneezing and sniffing.  Lou gives Jean-Marie cash from his large fee to give to Steve, his workmate and landlord, when he gets out.  Just as Jean-Marie is ringing his doorbell, Steve falls out of bed, having had a premonition that Lou is in danger.  The visitor can tell Steve exactly where Lou is.

 

Article: The French-Canadian b-Movie

 

If you think finding English-Canadian B-movies in English-Canada is difficult, try finding some French-Canadian B-movies. It's no secret that some French-Canadian films are anti-federalist such as the popular Elvis Gratton series. It's possible that because of the politics in these films distributors don't think they will have any audience in the rest of the country, even for rental. Sometimes it seems that only movies which broaden their anti-federalism to a generally anarchistic theme will be distributed and viewed in the rest of Canada. One example of this is Yves Simoneau's 1989 film Dans le Ventre du Dragon (English title: In The Belly of the Dragon).

In The Belly of the Dragon is one of the easiest French-Canadian films to uncover, which is good, since it's a fun science-fiction comedy about disease. The plot revolves around three co-workers: Bozo (Michel Côté), a dull-witted fool, the grizzled idealist Steve (Rémy Girard) and Lou (David La Haye), a quiet teenager who has just joined the team. Steve helps out Lou on his first few days, and the three of them drink Tim Horton's coffee and have political discussions about "the system".

Lou is looking for a way to get some money for new boots, and decides he can make it by testing drugs at the pharmaceutical company. Dr Jonas (played by Marie Tifo) notices Lou's quick reflexes and high scores at mental tests, and decides to use Lou in a special experiment. For $1500 a week, she will try to get Lou to overcome the common cold through drawing upon the unused 90% of his brain.

Back at the flyer warehouse, Steve and Bozo have no idea where Lou has been for the past week, until Lou's former roommate tells them. Afraid he has been captured by "the system", Steve and Bozo decide to go and rescue him in Steve's paddle boat. They get inside and make their way to the basement, where they reveal Dr Jonas' dark secret.

Despite some dull moments, In The Belly of The Dragon is a fairly good film. The setting is obviously influenced by David Cronenberg's dark, bureaucratic government health facilities. The pharmaceutical company is trying to control people, and one can only assume that this is Simoneau's anti-federalist statement, where the three friends can smash the state and find their own paradise.

 

Canada's Broken Pencil ("one of the few magazines in the world devoted exclusively to underground culture and the independent arts") have a great article called Canuxploitation! Your complete guide to the Canadian b - movie. The link above is to the whole article, but here is an extract of the relevant section, The French-Canadian b-Movie.
Roy plays Jean-Marie, 3rd-time volunteer at the cold research centre when Lou arrives and becomes his roommate.  As such, he does a lot of sneezing and sniffing.  Lou gives Jean-Marie cash from his large fee to give to Steve, his workmate and landlord, when he gets out.  Just as Jean-Marie is ringing his doorbell, Steve falls out of bed, having had a premonition that Lou is in danger.  The visitor can tell Steve exactly where Lou is.

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