Social Hygiene

Hygiène sociale

62nd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Hedonistic philosopher-cum-delinquent, Antonin always finds the right word to win himself both the compliments and the rebukes of his fellows. A married man, Antonin never misses a chance to exploit both the goodness and the patience of his wife, Églantine. He is also a constant source of disappointment to his sister, Solveig. Busy trying to avoid Rose, the tax collector who is after his neck, Antonin cannot get his attraction and desire for the beautiful Cassiopée out of his skull. Tormented, Antonin must now devise the right scheme and the right words to apologize to Aurore, one of his victims. Between these five women, Antonin gets stuck. A twisted comedy of errors, a film oscillating between genres and defying tested dramaturgical conventions, made by one of the most adventurous and prolific filmmakers of our times.

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Direction: Denis Côté
Script: Denis Côté
Cinematography: François Messier-Rheault
Editing: Nicolas Roy
Sound: Jean-François Caissy, Frederic Cloutier, Clovis Gouaillier
Actors: Maxim Gaudette, Larissa Corriveau, Eve Duranceau, Evelyne Rompre, Kathleen Fortin, Eleonore Loiselle
Production: Inspiratrice & Commandant
Producers: Denis Côté, Andreas Mendritzki, Annie St-Pierre, Aonan Yang
Co-production: Greenground
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Canada
Duration: 76'
Contact: GreenGround Productions

Denis Côté

​​Born in New Brunswick in 1973, Denis Côté began making short films after completing his studies in Cinema. While working as a film critic, he finished his first feature-length film in 2005, Les états Nordiques (Drifting States). The film won the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, then made the rounds of the festival circuit. Carcasses (2009) was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Côté is interested in exploring themes of solitude, intimate fears, and alienation through documentary and fiction filmmaking that confronts and questions the language of cinema. His films have been shown at more than twenty retrospectives throughout the world.


2005 Les États nordiques | Drifting States
2009 Carcasses (doc)
2010 Curling
2012 Bestiaire
2013 Vic+Flo ont vu un ours | Vic+Flo Saw A Bear
2016 Boris sans Béatrice | Boris without Beatrice
2017 Ta peau si lisse | A Skin So Soft
2019 Répertoire des villes disparues | Ghost Town Anthology
2019 Wilcox
2021 Hygiène sociale | Social Hygiene