Death of a Ladies' Man (2020) - Rotten Tomatoes

Death of a Ladies' Man (2020)

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Samuel O'Shea, a university professor of poetry, exuberant womanizer and enthusiastic drinker has seen better days. His second marriage is ending, and his wife and children are at their wits' end with him. More disturbingly, he has begun seeing things: Frankenstein sidles up to the bar and strangers sing and dance to Leonard Cohen tunes. His much missed father, who died when Samuel was just a boy, pops up for chats. At first Samuel thinks it could be the drink, or perhaps he's just crazy or over-imaginative, but then learns he has a brain tumor. Reflecting on the life he has lived, Samuel retreats to his family shack in remote Ireland, where he begins work on that great novel he always meant to write, and generally take stock. Surprisingly, or not, he meets and falls in love with a local woman, who is full of unexpected ideas. All this leads Samuel to an utterly unforeseeable happy ending.

Cast

Gabriel Byrne
as Samuel O'Shea
Jessica Paré
as Charlotte
Brian Gleeson
as Ben O'Shea
Antoine Olivier Pilon
as Layton Gagnon-O'Shea
Suzanne Clément
as Geneviève Gagnon-O'Shea
Pascale Bussières
as Dr. Sarah Savard
Carolina Bartczak
as Linda O'Shea
Alex Ivanovici
as AA Dancer #5
Karelle Tremblay
as Josée Gagnon-O'Shea
Richard Jutras
as Donny the Bartender
Sarah Lévesque
as Tiger Lady
Xavier Sotelo
as AA Dancer #1
Oliver Koomsatira
as AA Dancer 8
Jessica Fildes
as Good Breath Student
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Critic Reviews for Death of a Ladies' Man

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

The screenplay, by director Matthew Bissonnette, is leavened with flashes of curious humour - like the assertion that the Canadian National Anthem is Cohen's Bird on a Wire.

May 24, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Byrne's most remarkable achievement lies in the fact he never allows Samuel's incurable self-absorption to become boring.

May 19, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[A] likable and melodic dramedy from Cohen enthusiast Matthew Bissonnette.

March 14, 2021 | Full Review…

If the movie manages to stay on the right side of quirky it's because Gabriel Byrne makes Sam into a convincing personality whose charm never quite deserts him

July 31, 2021 | Full Review…

Cohen's songs do what they're meant to, adding insight, beauty and melancholy to this quietly potent blend of comedy and drama.

May 30, 2021 | Full Review…

Hallucinations shine a strangely hopeful light on a dying man's final reckoning in a comic drama that treads lightly over heavy ground.

May 26, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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