montreal main


review excerpts

"… humorous and surprising. It's a film which above all lives in it people…Afterward, I missed the unique vitality of even the most obnoxious among them." -- village voice

"… real, very real.  Its reticences are frequently louder than the bald statements of many slicker, more expensive films."

                                                                                       -- the new york post

"… Frank Vitale's Montreal Main is a beautiful illustration of how film can convey nuances of expression, subtleties of personal relationships… It is a work of extraordinary genuineness."

-- women's wear daily

"A raw and perceptive film, one of the most attractive at Locarno and Edinburgh… a humorous and accurate study of a group outside of conventional society."

-- london international

   film festival

"… a movie that ventures into that mercurial threshold of torn and half deserted lifestyles, that explores new regions of scripting and acting, and for those reasons manages to move us deeply, deserves more than commendations or recommendation…"                                                                                                                    -- take one

"… bizarre lifestyles are brilliantly etched on the screen."

                                                                   -- the whitney museum

                                                        the new america filmmaker's series

"What distinguishes Montreal Main is its uncommon subtleties…"

                                                                                       -- macleans

uncertian identities article by peter harcourt

press from  calgary cinematheque screening 2008