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Patrick Huard in a scene from "Starbuck"

Jan Thijs/Jan Thijs

3 out of 4 stars


Directed by Ken Scott (Canada)

Patrick Huard stars as David Wozniak, a middle-aged screw-up who finds out he has more than 500 children thanks to sperm he donated over 20 years ago in this charming Québécois comedy from director Ken Scott. Tired of his slacker lifestyle, fed up with being the black sheep at his family's butcher shop and with a girlfriend who is pregnant, David sets out to become a guardian angel for his children, who only know him as a very, very supportive stranger. Scott deftly balances David's ridiculous mission with moments of real tenderness, making for several heartfelt moments that help carry you past the fact that such a situation couldn't possibly have the ending it does.

Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m., Roy Thomson; Sept. 15, 4:45 p.m., Isabel Bader.

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