A slightly less successful location scout than previous times, but one that I had been waiting to do for a while.
If you’ve mooched around the menu of this blog, or if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m a fan of Québecois director Xavier Dolan, and as I was heading for Montréal last year, I just had to have a look around.
From his 2010 film Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats) what I really wanted to find was something from the sequences where Marie and Francis walk down the street in the Mile End area of Montréal to the brilliant song sung by Dalida. Here’s the sequence:
I was all set to put my hair up and do a slo-mo walk past the blue wall (which you can see at 2:02 in the video above).
I found where I thought it was, I could see something blue in the distance, but when I got there …
Not exactly glamourous.
But it is definitely the right place – Google Maps has it looking like this in August 2016:
Anyway, by chance I also recognised this flower shop along the same street, which appears in this sequence (starting at 0:34):
Here’s the flower shop , which I did do a walk-by of!