The Free Ones

The Free Ones plunges us into the lives of four inmates at the end of their prison sen­tences. It’s in a wood-pro­cess­ing plant that they will fin­ish their cor­rec­tion before return­ing to the job mar­ket and rein­te­grat­ing, or not, into society. 


The Free Ones is a full-length documentary feature which shows us how four detainees are dealing with the end of their prison sentence, in a sawmill. Can a factory job help them to make the necessary transformation and become free men? Hidden from society’s view and through meetings with their instructors, psychotherapists and other participants, we accompany Samuel, Pierrot, Fred and Steve talk about their hopes and fears during this six-month transition period.

Theme(s) : , Criminality, Economy, Human Rights, Work


Photo du realisateur

Nicolas Lévesque


Nico­las Lévesque is a Cana­di­an pho­tog­ra­ph­er and film­mak­er. His doc­u­men­tary projects led him to doc­u­ment var­i­ous parts of the world, between the Amer­i­c­as, Europe and his home in Que­bec. His images are the sub­ject of exhi­bi­tions and projects of award-win­ning edi­tions such as LUTTE (Edi­tions la Peu­plade) and Derniers Sou­verains (Edi­tions Poètes de Brousse). His doc­u­men­tary film In guns we trust was hon­oured Best Short Film at the Toron­to Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val in 2013, as well as Inter­view with a Free Man, in 2015, pro­duced by the Nation­al Film Board of Cana­da. After his doc­u­men­tary We hunt seals, he is cur­rent­ly pro­duc­ing a new doc­u­men­tary film, The Free Ones, fol­low­ing the release of detainees in search of a new life. Since 2010, he has col­lab­o­rat­ed reg­u­lar­ly with Télé-Québec, TV5, RDI and Radio-Cana­da in the pro­duc­tion of doc­u­men­taries for television.


Director | , Nicolas Lévesque
Year | , 2020
Country | , Canada
Duration | 94 minutes
Original language | , French
Subtitles | , English
Formats |
Image | Jean-Philippe Archibald
Sound | Jean-Philippe Archibald, Nicolas Lévesque
Editing | Natacha Dufaux


Rencontres interntionales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM)
Vues sur mer
DOK.fest München
Cinéma du monde
Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer

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