In an ode to the memory of his childhood friend, Director Vincent René-Lortie delicately depicts the tale of a young man dealing with self-destructive impulses whilst still yearning for his freedom.


Written and directed by Vincent René-Lortie

Production Samuel Caron & Élise Lardinois

Production Telescope Films

Cinematographer Alexandre Nour

Production designer Geneviève Boiteau

Costumes Andrée-Jade Hélie

Editor Thomas Bellefleur

Sound designer Nataq Huault

Mixer Stéphane Bergeron

Colorist Simon Boisx

Executive Producers Lili Reinhart, Samuel Caron, Anna Hashmi, Brendan Kenney, Catherine Hagedorn, Vincent René-Lortie, Alexandre Nour

International Sales & Distribution H264 Distribution

Behind-the-scenes photography Léa Taillefer


On July 5th, 2008, I learned that my best friend Marc-Antoine Bernier had tragically died at the age of 14 after driving a stolen car into a river. I will never forget the overwhelming feelings of sadness and incomprehension I felt that day. Feelings that have followed me ever since.

Marc and I were the same age, we had the same friends and went to the same school. But suddenly, everything changed. Over the course of a year, Marc went from being a bright, curious, loving boy to an angry and troubled young man. This person with whom I once shared an immense connection and friendship had become totally unrecognizable to me and those close to him.

Invincible is the end of a long and complex chapter in my life. Marc’s death raised many complicated questions to which I didn’t yet have the answers. But, through making this film, I found a way to dive into that dark, tragic abyss in order to better understand my friend and the decisions that led up to his death. I learned more about Marc and, more broadly, mental health and behavioral issues that many teenagers face daily.

I hope this film will raise more questions and draw awareness to the incomprehension that is still very strong in our society towards teenage mental health. Becoming aware of these stories and opening dialogues may help us prevent events like Marc’s.

Prix et distinctions

Best Live Action Short Film Nominee 96th Academy Awards


Iris for Meilleur Court-Métrage de Fiction Gala Québec Cinéma


Jury's Prize Festival REGARD


International Jury Special Prize Festival International de Clermont-Ferrand


Jury's Prize Cinema on the Bayou, Court métrage de fiction


Best Live Action Short Film Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma


My Generation Award Curtas Vila do Conde


Public Prize Off-Courts Trouville


Cinematic Achievement Award Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival


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