What to Watch on Board in February

Air Canada brings you the revived Quebec classic Les Pays d’en haut, the searing documentary Sharkwater Extinction and Robert Redford’s The Old Man and the Gun on your seatback screen.

For Short Flights

TV: Les Pays d’en haut (True North)
(Season 3)

This revival of the immensely popular Quebec soap opera Les belles histoires des pays d’en haut (based on the novel Un homme et son péché by Claude-Henri Grignon and set in the Laurentians in the 1880s) follows the love triangle of town mayor Séraphin, his young bride Donalda and her true love, Alexis. Season 3 promises more twists and turns.
Where to Find It: Drama TV channel
Language: French
Running Time: 45 minutes per episode

TV: Marketing.Media.Money: Swarovski – CNBC

This documentary series from one of the world’s top financial channels focuses, on the leading promotional strategists of our times. In this episode, journalist Tania Bryer speaks with Nadja Swarovski about the importance of marketing and mythmaking in the success of her family’s iconic brand.
Where to Find It: Documentary TV channel
Language: English
Running Time: 25 minutes

Movie: Sharkwater Extinction

This sequel to Rob Stewart’s passionate 2006 documentary Sharkwater was completed after his tragic death. It’s another meticulously detailed cri de coeur about the underground shark-fin trade and the resulting devastation of shark populations across the globe.
Where to Find It: Documentary TV channel
Language: English
Running Time: 88 minutes

For Longer Flights

Movie: Chien de garde (Family First)

This debut feature from director Sophie Dupuis, set in the working-class Montreal borough of Verdun, is a gritty crime drama about the power of trust in relationships and illegality. Young petty thug JP finds himself faced with choices fraught with moral and familial complications when his drug-dealer uncle asks him to take on more serious criminal endeavours.
Where to Find It: Franco movie channel
Language: French
Running Time: 87 minutes

Movie: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Melissa McCarthy earned a SAG Award nomination for this brilliant portrayal of real-life celebrity biographer Lee Israel. In this razor-sharp dramedy (based on a 2008 memoir), Israel embarks – after foundering in the face of alcoholism, writer’s block and cultural irrelevance – on a lucrative yet illicit journey as a forger of literary collectibles.
Where to Find It: New Releases movie channel
Languages: English, French, Portuguese
Running Time: 106 minutes

Movie: The Old Man and the Gun

If this is indeed the final role of acting legend Robert Redford’s career (as he implied in a recent interview), it would be the perfect way to go out. The former Sundance Kid’s roguish charisma shines brightly in this portrayal of real-life burglar and escape artist Forrest Tucker, who famously broke out of the high-security San Quentin prison at age 70.
Where to Find It: New Releases movie channel
Language: English
Running Time: 92 minutes

Monthly Themed Programming: Chinese New Year

Movie: The Joy Luck Club

Director Wayne Wang vaulted into prominence with his adaptation of Amy Tan’s bestselling novel about a quartet of female Chinese immigrants to America and their bonding, during games of mah-jong, over the travails of their relationships with their adult American-born daughters.
Where to Find It: Chinese New Year movie channel
Language: English
Running Time: 139 minutes

Movie: Mountains May Depart

This challenging film from director Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin) examines the rapid evolution of modern China through the life of Tao (Zhao Tao), a young woman whose romantic entanglements and subsequent family breakdown unfold across a narrative leapfrogging through three decades.
Where to Find It: Chinese New Year movie channel
Language: Mandarin
Running Time: 131 minutes

What to Listen To

Audio: Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà – Ovation

Acclaimed Quebec violinist Dubeau is joined here by the vibrant all-female string ensemble La Pietà, which she founded over two decades ago. This live performance, recorded in 2017 at Quebec City’s Palais Montcalm, blends brooding works like Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre with modern classics like Ennio Morricone’s theme song from The Mission.
Where to Find It: Classical audio channel
Language: Instrumental
Running Time: 63 minutes