Phantom Life

Phantom Life (French: La Vie fantôme) is a Canadian drama film, directed by Jacques Leduc and released in 1992.[1] An adaptation of the novel by Danièle Sallenave, the film stars Ron Lea as Pierre, an academic at the Université de Sherbrooke who is torn between his marriage to Annie (Johanne-Marie Tremblay) and his extramarital affair with the younger Laure (Pascale Bussières).[2]

Phantom Life
La Vie fantôme
Directed byJacques Leduc
Produced byRoger Frappier
Written byJacques Leduc
Yvon Rivard
Based onLa Vie fantôme by Danièle Sallenave
StarringRon Lea
Johanne-Marie Tremblay
Pascale Bussières
CinematographyPierre Mignot
Edited byYves Chaput
Max Films Productions
Release date
  • August 29, 1992 (1992-08-29) (MWFF)
Running time
98 minutes

The film's cast also includes Gabriel Gascon, Rita Lafontaine and Élise Guilbault.

The film premiered at the 1992 Montreal World Film Festival,[3] where it was named the most popular Canadian film of the festival and Bussières won the award for Best Actress.[4]

The film received five Genie Award nominations at the 13th Genie Awards, for Best Adapted Screenplay (Leduc and Yvon Rivard), Best Cinematography (Pierre Mignot), Best Art Direction/Production Design (Louise Jobin), Best Costume Design (Michèle Hamel) and Best Sound Editing (Jérôme Décarie, Diane Boucher, Michel Bordeleau, Francine Poirier and Claude Beaugrand).[5]


  1. Charles-Henri Ramond, "Vie fantôme, La – Film de Jacques Leduc". Films du Québec, May 11, 2009.
  2. Bill Brownstein, "Two solitudes ignite when lovers cross linguistic divide". Montreal Gazette, January 22, 1993.
  3. Noel Taylor, "Canadian entries at Montreal festival easier to get into than foreign films". Ottawa Citizen, September 4, 1992.
  4. "Dark Side of Heart takes Filmfest's top prize". Montreal Gazette, September 8, 1992.
  5. "Genie Award nominations". Toronto Star, November 20, 1992.
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