A touching millennial love story unfolds on the streets of Montreal when introverted punk rocker Theo meets beautiful, free-spirited Mag after an ear-exploding concert on his 18th birthday and their one-night stand blossoms into a meaningful, music-tinged romance that is threatened by an incident form Theo's past.
It's his 18th birthday, and Theo (Anthony Therrien), looking solemn with an unruly head of dark curly hair and Dead Kennedy's T-shirt, is alone at a diner post-metal show. It's there he meets the talkative and self-assured Mag (Rose-Marie Perreault), whose presence and persistent conversation begin to coax Theo out of his shell. After what appeared to be a simple one-night stand, they start to stumble through the obstacle course of modern dating—talking about their favorite bands, dealing with tricky bra-clasps, watching funny YouTube videos in bed—and Mag and Theo develop a connection that surpasses both their initial expectations. It seems too good to lose, but their summer romance has an expiration date. Because of a mysterious incident in his not-so-distant past, Theo will soon be leaving town to move in with his older sister four hours away. These teenage punk rockers come to an understanding to make the most of their time together, and what blooms is an authentic and contemporary portrait of young love. Therrien and Perreault give convincing performances and have a natural chemistry that makes their story come alive. Filmed on the streets of Montreal, and pairing languid hangout imagery with an upbeat punk soundtrack, Fake Tattoos is a sincere and empathetic love story by first time feature director Pascal Plante.
Quebecois filmmaker and self-described cinephile Pascal Plante began his career at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University. As a student, he directed his first film La Fleur de L'age (2011), a short musical for which he received the Mel Hoppenheim Award, the school's highest honor. Plante has since co-founded Nemesis Films in Montreal, creating with them works such as the semi-documentary La Generation Porn (2014) and the webseries-turned-feature film Les Jaunes (2014).
Sponsored by Canadian Studies Center at UW, Consulate General of Canada, Quebec Government Office in LA, Boulart Bread
- Original Language Title: Les faux tatouages
- Director: Pascal Plante
- Principal Cast: Anthony Therrien, Rose-Marie Perreault, Lysandre Nadeau, Brigitte Poupart, Nicole-Sylvie Lagarde
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: Canada (Québec)
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 87 minutes
- Producer: Katerine Lefrancois
- Screenplay: Pascal Plante
- Cinematographers: Vincent Allard
- Editors: Pascal Plante
- Music: Dominique Plante
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montréal 2017 (Best Canadian Feature), Slamdance Film Festival 2018 (Honorable Mention)
- Filmography: La generation porn (doc, 2014)
- Language: French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Seville International