Status: Filming began Montreal May 16, 2019 and will move to Ireland at the end of May.
Written and directed by Matt Bissonnette
Cast so far: Gabriel Byrne, Brian Gleeson, Suzanne Clément, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Karelle Tremblay
Montreal – April 15, 2019 – Corey Marr Productions, Don Carmody Productions, MCP Productions and Port Pictures announced today the start of production on the feature film DEATH OF A LADIES’ MAN, directed by Matthew Bissonnette (Passenger Side, Who Loves the Sun) from his own script. The Canada/Ireland co-production continues filming in Montreal and rural Ontario until May 7th before moving to the west coast of Ireland between May 20th and 28th, 2019.
Inspired by the work of Leonard Cohen, and set to some of his most beloved music, Death of a Ladies’ Man tells the funny, magical and emotional journey of Samuel O’Shea (GABRIEL BYRNE), a womanizing poetry professor whose second or third mid-life crisis takes a fantastical, grave and then sublime turn when he returns to his family cottage in Ireland and meets the woman of his dreams who is full of unexpected surprises.
Gabriel Byrne, recent recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish Film & Television Academy for his distinguished, decades-long career in film and television (Miller’s Crossing, The Usual Suspects, Hereditary, HBO’s In Treatment) stars alongside Brian Gleeson (Phantom Thread, Mother!), Suzanne Clément (Mommy, Un Certain Regard – Best Actress winner for Laurence Anyways), Antoine Olivier Pilon (Mommy), Karelle Tremblay (The Fireflies Are Gone), and Pascale Bussières (The Blue Butterfly).
According to Screen Daily, the title of the film is taken from Leonard Cohen’s 1977 album, and the script was inspired by the work of the late Canadian poet and musician, including themes of love, loss and the relationship between fathers and sons. Cohen’s music and verse will be woven throughout the film supported by his blessing of the project prior to his death in 2016 and the continuing support of his management.
Description from Screen Daily:
Samuel O’Shea has seen better days as the film opens. His second marriage is ending and he has started seeing strange things such [as] Frankenstein sidling up to him in a bar, or his much-missed late father popping in for a chat.
When Samuel discovers he has a brain tumour, which may be the cause of his strange visions, he enters a more reflective period of his life, moving to his family’s remote shack, where he embarks on the novel he has been meaning to write all his adult life and unexpectedly falls in love with a local woman. This trajectory leads Samuel to an utterly unforeseeable happy ending.