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This short animation takes a look at the redemptive power of food, wine, music and love through the eyes of our protagonist, Chuck. A husband and father, Chuck is jovially cooking dinner and listening to Chopin when his wife Sylvie spontaneously invites a group of boisterous colleagues over for dinner. The festivities begin to spiral out of control, and Chuck must find his way through a planned diner à deux that has turned into pandemonium. Filmmaker Bruce Alcock follows the fine tradition of beloved food films such as Babette’s Feast, using the preparation of a meal as a vehicle for exploring the grand themes of love and life through simple yet evocative line drawings. Nominated for a 2014 Canadian Screen Award, Impromptu captures the fleeting occurrence of those inner eureka moments that carry us forward and bring order to the chaos of life.

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Film Credits

director
Bruce Alcock
producer
Tina Ouellette
Annette Clarke
Michael Fukushima
writer
Ed Riche
Bruce Alcock
cast
Robert Joy
Otto Alcock
Liz Solo
Mary Lewis
Sean Panting
Brian Marler
Jane Dingle
art direction
Bruce Alcock
Cesare Battista
animation
Bruce Alcock
Cesare Battista
editing
Cesare Battista
sound design
Alex Hall
Wayne Kozak
Chris McIntosh
sound recording
Don Ellis
Scott Yates
mix
Jean Paul Vialard

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