Réjeanne Padovani (1973)


Réjeanne Padovani (1973)

Mob boss and highway developer Vincent Padovani is hosting a dinner party at his luxurious home celebrating the opening of the new Trans-Quebec highway he just finished work on. In attendance are the Quebec MP who awarded the contract, his secretary and legal adviser, an out-of-work hitman, and the mayor of Montreal. Two events occur that threaten to disturb the evening: first, they learn from a journalist of a planned protest of the highway by a group of people who had their houses demolished during the construction. Second is the return of Padovani's estranged wife, Rejeanne, who left him for a rival mob boss. She shows up unannounced and begging to see her children and Padovani is left no choice but to handle the situation.
IMDb   7.6 /10
TheMovieDb    6.3 /10
Director Denys Arcand
Writer Denys Arcand
Writer Jacques Benoit
Release Date1973-10-03
Runtime1h 36mins
GenreCrime, Drama
Content Rating
Awards1 win.
CompanyCinak Compagnie Cinématographique
Jean Lajeunesse
Jean Lajeunesse
Vincent Padovani
Luce Guilbeault
Luce Guilbeault
Rejeanne Padovani
J. Léo Gagnon
J. Léo Gagnon
Georges Bouchard, Road Minister
Therese Cadorette
Therese Cadorette
Mrs. Aline Bouchard
Mayor Jean-Guy Biron
Jean Pierre Lefebvre
Jean Pierre Lefebvre
Jean-Pierre Caron
Leon Desaulniers
Margo MacKinnon
Margo MacKinnon
Stella Desaulniers (as Margot Mackinnon)
Pierre Thériault
Pierre Thériault
Dominique Di Moro
Louise Thibaudeau
Maurice Del Veccio
Carlo Ferrara

Réjeanne Padovani

Réjeanne Padovani is a Canadian drama film from Quebec, written and directed by Denys Arcand and released in 1973. It was his second narrative feature film as a director, but the first for which he was also the screenwriter.

An examination of political corruption, the film stars Jean Lajeunesse as Vincent Padovani, a construction contractor with mafia ties who has just completed work on a major autoroute project, and is planning a major dinner party to thank the politicians who awarded him the contract. However, as the dinner approaches his plans are disrupted, both professionally by the launch of a public protest by several families whose homes were expropriated for the highway construction and personally by the return of Réjeanne (Luce Guilbeault), his ex-wife who is now married into the family of rival contractor Sam Tannenbaum (Henry Gamer).

Réjeanne Padovani and Wedding in White were the only two Canadian films screened at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. The French newspaper Le Monde called Réjeanne Padovani one of the best films screened at the festival.

During Quebec's Charbonneau Commission inquiry into corruption in the awarding of construction contracts in the early 2010s, the film received renewed attention with some media outlets calling it "prophetic".