Men for Sale

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Men for Sale
Theatrical release poster
French: Hommes à louer
Directed by Rodrigue Jean
Produced by InformAction
National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Written by Rodrigue Jean
Music by Tim Hecker
Cinematography Mathieu Laverdière
Edited by Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
Release date
  • October 2008 (2008-10)
Running time
140 minutes
Country Canada
Language French

Men for Sale also known by its French language title Hommes à louer (literally "Men for rent") is a 2008 documentary film by Canadian director Rodrigue Jean, about male prostitutes working in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The film was shot over a one-year period in Montreal's Gay Village.[1]

The interviews for Hommes à louer are in French language. The English version Men for Sale has subtitles in English.

Canadian National Film Board calls the documentary "an unflinching portrait with neither voyeurism nor false sympathy acknowledging those society prefers to ignore".[2]


The documentary follows the life of 11 male prostitutes over the course of a year, recounting their struggles to survive alcohol and drug-related addictions, abuse and stigmatization – and, their troubled pasts.[1]

Trapped in a vicious circle of prostitution and drugs, they pursue their lives, realizing their prospects for the future are dim.


In 2009, the documentary was an official selection for:


  1. ^ a b Deschênes, Claude (21 September 2008). "Hommes à louer". CBC News (in French). Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  2. ^ NFB page on Men for Sale

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