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An Imaginary Tale

Une histoire inventée
Directed by André Forcier
Produced by Robin Spry
Claudio Luca (producer and executive producer)
Jamie Brown (executive producer)
Louise Abastado (associate producer)
Written by André Forcier
Jacques Marcotte
Starring Tony Nardi
Jean Lapointe
Louise Marleau
Charlotte Laurier
Music by Serge Fiori
Cinematography Georges Dufaux
Edited by Aube Foglia
François Gill
Distributed by Astral Films
Release dates
October 4, 1990 23x15px Canada
September 6, 1991 23x15px Finland
January 30, 1992 23x15px Germany
Running time
100 minutes
Country 23x15px Canada
Language French
Box office $ 487,809

An Imaginary Tale (French: Une histoire inventée) is a 1990 Canadian drama film.


Toni (Nardi) is the director of a staged rendition of Othello in Montreal. It is a pet project of his, financed by his mafia uncle. Unbeknownst to him, the audiences are also rounded up and paid by the same uncle. Some of them have seen every performance of this tragic play, and are understandably bored, so when the backstage romantic events of the actors result in absurd situations onstage, the audience is delighted. There are a huge number of romantic situations going on in this film at the same time. One of them involves Gaston (Lapointe), a somewhat world-weary jazz musician, and Florence (Marleau), a glamorous middle-aged woman who has been pining for him for years. Another involves to members of the musician's jazz trio. Yet another involves the play's Desdemona, Soledad (Laurier), the girlfriend of the man playing Othello, who can't keep his hands off his dresser. She is also Florence's niece.


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