Jean-François, Ronald, Alexis, Cédric, Benoit and Maxim are modern-day gladiators. As this group of high-level bodybuilders prepares for competitions, they follow extreme diets and slave away at the gym, pursuing their own personal goals but sharing the same obsession: overcoming the limitations of the physical body.
Canadian director Denis Côté (Bestiaire, DFF35; Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, DFF36) offers an open-ended examination of the regimented daily lives of these men. Are they dysmorphs? Robots? Monsters? Living artworks? Côté eschews judgment in favor of exploring the tensions between our strengths and our vulnerabilities as humans.
Producer: Joëlle Bertossa, Denis Côté, Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Dounia Sichov | Editor: Nicolas Roy | Cinematographer: François Messier-Rheault | Screenwriter: Denis Côté
Cast: Jean-François Bouchard, Cédric Doyon, Benoit Lapierre, Maxim Lemire, Alexis Légaré, Ronald Yang