The Necktie

A mixture of puppet and hand-drawn animation, The Necktie is the story of Valentin and his quest to find meaning in his life. Stuck in a dead-end job, he has forgotten all about the things that used to bring him joy. Years pass, and boredom replaces all his aspirations and hope for the future. It is only on his 40th birthday, when he rediscovers an old accordion hidden in the depths of his closet, that he regains his lust for life.

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Jean-François Lévesque
Jean-François Lévesque
Jean-François Lévesque
2D animation
Luc Chamberland
Bertrand Lévesque
Natacha Dufaux
sound design
Marie-Claude Gagné
Hugo Fleury
Nicolas Gagnon
Geoffrey Mitchell
Serge Boivin
Jean Paul Vialard
Shelley Craig
digital imaging specialist
Pierre Plouffe
Susan Gourley
Benoît Chagnon
executive producer
René Chénier
Michèle Bélanger
Julie Roy


  • DaneeGurl

    “Very inspiring! ” — DaneeGurl, 1 May 2012

  • Jaylondon

    “Sheer and utter delight! Having once trained as an actor and musician myself, who 20 years later finds himself in the corporate world, flying between Europe and the US frequently, I stumbled across this gem of an animation whilst on one of those flights. It brought tears to my eyes as I watched on the plane, and now I seek it out every time I have to travel.... Recommend this to all people working in an office environment... If it makes you raise your voice at your boss just once, it will have achieved its objective... Bravo!” — Jaylondon, 4 Feb 2012

  • johannamay

    “very moving” — johannamay, 7 Dec 2011

  • sajjadanimation

    “is very very good” — sajjadanimation, 20 Aug 2010

  • Arkanent

    “Wonderful, simply wonderful. I feel pretty much as if my life has gained 12 extra minutes after watching this. Truly a masterpiece.” — Arkanent, 13 Aug 2010

  • Confessor

    “Fantastic work of art, Mr. Levesque. From the theme, I imagined the filmmaker to have been a much older person. I was really surprised to find out it was made by such a young man. You have a great career ahead of you. This film is a treasure.” — Confessor, 29 May 2010

  • silviastraka

    “What a beautiful, meaningful, and brilliant film! Thank you for making it. It's a real keeper, to be watched more than once.” — silviastraka, 27 May 2010

  • albertarose

    “Please take pity on those of us deaf or hard of hearing! Please add a closed captioning advantage. Merci beaucoup” — albertarose, 26 May 2010

  • annebursey

    “Jean-François, you are absolutely brilliant! wishing you tons of luck with your films. I will be sure to pass on a link to friends so they can watch The Necktie again and again... likeme. Anne” — annebursey, 26 May 2010

  • cjsmith

    “Brilliant Jean-Francois! Moving with humour and so true, sadly so true!” — cjsmith, 12 Jan 2010

  • ClaireElizabeth

    “Bravo, Jean-François! I loved it.” — ClaireElizabeth, 10 Jan 2010

  • myron campbell

    “Beautifully rendered and beautifully told. Great job Jean-Francois!” — myron campbell, 30 Dec 2009

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