The Necktie

The Necktie


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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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The Necktie, Jean-François Lévesque, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • direction
    Jean-François Lévesque
  • script
    Jean-François Lévesque
  • animation
    Jean-François Lévesque
  • puppets
    Jean-François Lévesque
  • 2D animation
    Luc Chamberland
  • script consultant
    Pierre Billon
  • animation assistant
    Valérie Dupras
  • props
    Valérie Dupras
  • sets
    Bertrand Lévesque
  • armatures
    Lionel Ivan Orozco
  • editing
    Natacha Dufaux
  • sound design
    Marie-Claude Gagné
  • music
    Hugo Fleury
  • musician
    Pascal Gingras
    Martin Desjardins
  • foley
    Nicolas Gagnon
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Jean Paul Vialard
    Shelley Craig
  • digital imaging specialist
    Pierre Plouffe
    Susan Gourley
    Benoît Chagnon
  • compositing
    Jean-François Lévesque
    Jean Yuson Gaudreault
  • scanning
    Pierre Landry
  • electronic technologist
    Richard Fiset
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • marketing manager
    Christine Noël
  • administrator
    Diane Régimbald
  • administrative team
    Diane Ayotte
    Karine Desmeules
    Michèle Labelle
  • technical coordinator
    Julie Laperrière
  • line producer
    Francine Langdeau
  • executive producer
    René Chénier
  • producer
    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
  • myroncampbell

    Beautifully rendered and beautifully told. Great job Jean-Francois!

    myroncampbell, 30 Dec 2009

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