An Imaginary Tale
FrenchUne histoire inventée
Directed byAndré Forcier
Written byAndré Forcier
Jacques Marcotte
Produced byRobin Spry
Claudio Luca (producer and executive producer)
Jamie Brown (executive producer)
Louise Abastado (associate producer)
StarringTony Nardi
Jean Lapointe
Louise Marleau
Charlotte Laurier
CinematographyGeorges Dufaux
Edited byAube Foglia
François Gill
Music bySerge Fiori
Distributed byAstral Films
Release date
  • 4 October 1990 (1990-10-04)
Running time
100 minutes
Box office$ 487,809

An Imaginary Tale (French: Une histoire inventée) is a 1990 Canadian drama film directed by André Forcier. The film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 63rd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1]


Toni (Nardi) is the director of a staged rendition of Othello in Montreal. It is a pet project of his, financed by his mafia uncle. Unbeknownst to him, the audiences are also rounded up and paid by the same uncle. Some of them have seen every performance of this tragic play, and are understandably bored, so when the backstage romantic events of the actors result in absurd situations onstage, the audience is delighted. There are a huge number of romantic situations going on in this film at the same time. One of them involves Gaston (Lapointe), a somewhat world-weary jazz musician, and Florence (Marleau), a glamorous middle-aged woman who has been pining for him for years. Another involves two members of the musician's jazz trio. Yet another involves the play's Desdemona, Soledad (Laurier), the girlfriend of the man playing Othello, who can't keep his hands off his dresser. She is also Florence's niece.


See also


  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences