The Fireflies are Gone

Run Times:
96 min
French (w. English Subtitles)
Karelle Tremblay, Pierre-Luc Brillant, François Papineau, Luc Picard, Marie-France Marcotte
Sébastien Pilote
Sébastien Pilote
Plot Summary

Summer is near and classes are coming to an endin a former industrial town on the end of a large bay.

Léo, a young and disaffected girl, meets Steve, a reclusive and aimless guitarist. Léo lives with her mother and stepfather Paul, a populist radio show host who forced her father into exile up north. Sylvain, Léo’s father, is a dethroned union leader whom she greatly misses.

A stranger in her own world, frustrated and angry, it is through her budding relationship with Steve, set to the rhythm of their guitar lessons and her new summer job, that she’ll be able to find some kind of comfort and ultimately take flight.


“Karelle Tremblay has something of compatriot Ellen Page’s naturalness, self-possession and dry delivery.” “Beautifully crafted and emotionally effective drama.”
-Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily


Screen Daily – ‘The Fireflies Are Gone’: Karlovy Vary Review

Festivals and Awards

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic, June 2018
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, September 2018