I Hate Hockey

by François Jaros

Next Step 2016


Feature Film

For his first feature film, François Jaros has gone back to his pet genre, comedy, by adapting the book I Hate Hockey (J’haïs le Hockey), a very original story that depicts sensitive issues, such as immigration, integration and abuse with humour, against a backdrop of identical crises that throw into sharp relief the Quebecois culture and the necessity of transmission. Antoine, unemployed and divorced, has lost custody of his fourteen-year-old son Jonathan. When Jonathan’s hockey trainer is found mysteriously assassinated, Antoine has to replace him at the last minute for a week-end session, and finds himself trapped in a chain of ludicrous, sometimes tragic events. With winter as a recurring theme, this dark, Scandistyle tale acts as an outlet for the frustration created by life’s absurd situations.