Men For Sale

Men For Sale

Directed by Rodrigue Jean

Genre Documentaire
Country Quebec
Year 2009
Length 145 min
Formats DVD
Sound Stereo
Version Original French version, English subtitles


Men for Sale follows eleven sex-trade workers over the course of a year, recounting their struggles to survive alcohol and drug-related addictions, abuse and stigmatization – and, their troubled pasts. Trapped in a vicious circle of prostitution and drug, they pursue their hardscrabble lives, knowing their prospects for the future are dim. An unflinching portrait with neither voyeurism nor false sympathy, Men for Sale acknowledges those society prefers to ignore


human relationships, drugs, marginality, work relationships, sexuality, urban


Dance, theatre, film… director-writer-producer Rodrigue Jean’s experience in the arts is rich and varied. After studies in biology, sociology and literature, he concentrated on dance before making his first short film, La Déroute, in 1989. He then moved to London to train in choreography and directing, and on his return made two documentaries: La Voix des rivières (Telefilm Canada award for Best Canadian Short at FICFA) and La Mémoire de l’eau, a prizewinner at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax. Two popular and critically acclaimed dramatic features came next: Full Blast (Special Jury Citation, TIFF, 1999, and Yellowknife (Best Quebec Film of 2002 as chosen by critics). The documentary Living on the Edge (2005) pays tribute to his Acadian roots, focussing on the poetry of Gérald Leblanc. With Lost Song, his third feature-length fiction, Rodrigue Jean won Best Canadian Feature at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.




Nathalie Barton, Jacques Turgeon (Informaction)


Rodrigue Jean


Mathieu Laverdière

EDITING Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
Sound Lynne Trepanier
Music Tim Hecker


Festival international de cinéma francophone en Acadie | 2009 | PRIX DU MEILLEUR LONG MÉTRAGE DOCUMENTAIRE


Festival international de cinéma francophone en Acadie
63e Festival d’Avignon
Atlantic Film Festival