Serious-sounding slogans on T-Shirts: Strong Enough, Torture Chamber, Unleash the Beast. Extensive tattoos depicting mosaics of flames or hellish figures. And, above all, muscles: overgrown, stretching the skin to its limits, creating a monumental physique. In his documentary, Denis Côté portrays a number of men who have devoted their lives to bodybuilding. He shows their persistence and backbreaking effort, as well as their narcissism, which is a bit paradoxical, since it is difficult to reconcile with their image as modern barbarians. The protagonists lift incredible weights before proudly flexing in front of a mirror, a camera lens, or a crowd of people. The director looks at them with fascination and affection, pleasantly surprised that these tough guys just want to feel beautiful.
Denis Côté is a Canadian director, born in 1973. He studied at Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal. He worked for some time as a film critic on radio and for the magazine ici. After a series of short films, he directed his debut, Drifting States, for which he won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival. Many of his films have been screened at New Horizons, including his recent films Vic + Flo Saw a Bear and Boris Without Béatrice.
2005 Les États Nordiques / Drifting States
2008 Ona chce chaosu / Elle veut le chaos / All That She Wants
2009 Wraki / Carcasses (doc.)
2013 Vic+Flo zobaczyły niedźwiedzia / Vic+Flo ont vu un ours / Vic+Flo Saw a Bear
2016 Boris bez Béatrice / Boris Without Beatrice / Boris sans Béatrice
2017 Gładka skóra / Ta peau si lisse / A Skin So Soft (doc.)