Movies: Last Rites

A dying man goes out in style in a wry comedy

Remy (Remy Girard) Is dying of cancer. But this voluble professor, whose job and joy it was to spill out his opinions while his students took notes, is not about to change his m.o. just because he's in a Montreal hospital bed. So he thunders on about the long-ago killing of "200 million" American natives by European armies--"The greatest holocaust in history happened right here"--and snipes that his businessman son (Stephane Rousseau) "is a puritanical capitalist, while I am a sensual socialist." If Fox News had a left-wing channel in Quebec, Remy would be its Sean Hannity.

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