La Florida (film)

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La Florida
Directed by George Mihalka
Produced by Claude Bonin
Jacques Bonin
Suzette Couture
Pierre Sarrazin
Written by Suzette Couture
Pierre Sarrazin
Starring Rémy Girard
Pauline Lapointe
Raymond Bouchard
Yvan Canuel
Marie-Josée Croze
Michael Sarrazin
Margot Kidder
Cinematography Rene Ohashi
Distributed by Vivafilm
Release date
  • 1993 (1993)
Country Canada
Language French, some English

La Florida is a Quebec comedy film, released in 1993. The film was directed by George Mihalka, and written by Suzette Couture and Pierre Sarrazin.


The film stars Rémy Girard and Pauline Lapointe as Léo and Ginette Lespérance, a married couple who, after facing one too many Montreal winters, move their family to Fort Lauderdale, where they buy a motel catering to "snowbirds". However, their new business runs afoul of "Big Daddy" (Raymond Bouchard), an established motel operator and local crime boss, who makes it his mission to drive the Lespérances out of business.

The Lespérances may, however, have an ally in Jay Lamori (Jason Blicker), a local businessman of uncertain motives who may or may not be what he seems.

Award nominations[edit]

The film received eight Genie Award nominations at the 14th Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Girard), Best Actress (Lapointe), Best Supporting Actor (Yvan Canuel), Best Screenplay, Best Achievement in Overall Sound and Best Sound Editing.

The film did not win any of the awards. It was, however, given the Golden Reel Award as the top-grossing Canadian film of the year.[1]


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