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Original name: Richelieu
English name: Temporaries
Year: 2023
Run time: 89 Min
Language: French, Spanish
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: France, Canada
Director: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Producer: Geneviève Gosselin-G, Miléna Poylo, Gilles Sacuto
Cast: Ariane Castellanos, Marc-André Grondin, Nelson Coronado, Antonio Ortega, Gerardo Miranda, Luis Oliva, Micheline Bernard, Eve Duranceau, Marvin Coroy
Screenplay: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Cinematographer: Gabriel Brault-Tardif
Editor: Amélie Labrèche
Sound Designer: Philippe Lecoeur, Jérôme Gonthier, Jean-Guy Véran
Music Composer: Félicia Atkinson
Production Company: Le Foyer Films, T.S. Productions
World Sales: Be For Films


  • Tribeca FF 2023
  • Karlovy Vary IFF 2023
  • Fantasia IFF 2023
  • Athens IFF 2023
  • Vancouver IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2019 Rebel (Short)
  • 2017 Vétérane (Short)
  • 2013 Tala (Short)

Director's Biography:

Pier-Philippe Chevigny

Pier-Philippe Chevigny is a filmmaker from Montreal, Quebec. His fiction films combine anxiety-inducing mise-en-scene with contemporary social themes. In 2013, his first short film Tala received international attention, selected at over 40 festivals. His next short, Vétérane, was part of the Quebec delegation to Clermont-Ferrand and Namur in 2017. Finally, Rebel, made in 2019, was a resounding success: more than 130 festival selections, including Toronto, Busan, Namur, Stockholm, Vladivostok, etc, and 30 awards including qualification for the Oscar for Best Short Film awarded by the Tirana FF. Building on this success, Pier-Philippe completed in 2023 Richelieu, a first feature film.


Facing bankruptcy after a difficult breakup, Ariane moves back home to the Richelieu Valley and gets a job in a food transformation plant for seasonal migrant workers. Focused on solving her financial issues, Ariane serves as an interpreter between Stephane, the factory’s aggressive supervisor, and the 42 seasonal Guatemalan workers hired as cheap labour. She obeys Stephane’s often excessive orders, pressuring the underpaid Latino workers to constantly work overtime and turning down any request for better conditions. Little by little, she befriends a group of four Guatemalans assigned to the most physically demanding unit of the entire factory. Shovelling shredded corn in the harsh sun all day long, Manuel, Alfonso, Guillermo, and Juan have no one else but her to voice their concerns. Realizing the extent of her new friends’ vulnerability, Ariane begins to take a stand. Tension slowly builds up, as Ariane defies Stephane’s decision to fire workers or to illegally install surveillance cameras in the dormitories. When Manuel falls ill to a mysterious condition, the stakes develop into a crisis situation.