Canadian International Pictures

Dream Life

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This special limited edition slipcover (designed by Dylan Haley) is limited to 1,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

From arthouse to Canuxploitation, Canadian International Pictures (CIP) is devoted to resurrecting vital, distinctive, and overlooked triumphs of Canadian cinema. This label is focused on the country’s original cinematic boom years – spanning the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s – occasionally venturing past that period (and the country’s borders) to highlight the films of Canada’s most inspired actors and filmmakers. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing CIP's brand new line of home video releases!

50th anniversary special edition!

After starting a new job at a local film production company, free spirit Isabelle (Deaf to the City’s Liliane Lemaître-Auger) meets animator Virginie (Jesus of Montreal’s Véronique Le Flaguais) and the two become fast friends. Over the course of a freewheeling, sun-dappled Montreal summer, the pair deepen their bond through a shared exploration of art, ambition, and desire.

The first feature film directed by a woman in Quebec, Mireille Dansereau's fleet-footed and generous debut moves effortlessly between filmmaking styles and tones with the boundless energy of a young director in love with the medium. A pathbreaking portrait of female friendship and interiority, Dream Life is one of the highlights of ’70s Canadian cinema and a vibrant hidden gem primed for rediscovery.

directed by: Mireille Dansereau
starring: Liliane Lemaître-Auger, Véronique Le Flaguais, Jean-François Guité, Guy Foucault, Marc Messier
1972 / 95 min / 1.66:1 / French DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • Restored in 2K from the original 16mm camera negative by Éléphant - mémoire du cinéma québécois
  • A Feminine Point of View (2023, 22 min.) – New interview with director Mireille Dansereau
  • The Early Years (2023, 23 min.) – Dansereau reflects on her early shorts and documentaries
  • Three of Dansereau’s early films: One Day (1967, 11 min.), Compromise (1968, 26 min.), and Forum (1969, 58 min.)
  • Markets of London (1996, 24 min.) – Dansereau short shot in 1969 and completed 27 years later
  • Trailer for Dansereau’s Deaf to the City (1987)
  • Theatrical re-release trailer for Dream Life
  • Booklet featuring a conversation between Dansereau and film journalist A. Ibrányi-Kiss
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles for all five films