Maudite Machine !


“A most excellent intimate documentary on compulsive gambling. One can feel how the protagonists trust the movie directors, thus the camera is easily forgotten, which contributes significantly to the confidential atmosphere of this generous work.”

Odile Tremblay, Le Devoir, October 26 & 27, 2002


Festival Regard sur la relève du Saguenay (6e édition)

Cinéma Excentris (Montréal)

Cinéma Le Clap (Québec)



The documentary explores the inextricable land of video lottery addiction. Waiter at the Coucou tavern, René gradually reveals his story through the drifting clients who engulf their entire life into the chrome-plated machines. Interviewed while playing, a number of adepts share the contradictions of their relation to the “Machine”. Asked to react to the critics, Loto-Québec’s spokesperson hardly manages to make us oblivious to the fact that the government is also addicted to gambling (revenues). For both State and gamblers, it is always someone else’s problem.

Technical details

Documentary, 46 min, 2002


Directors : Christian M. Fournier et Biz

Photography : Christian M. Fournier

Editing : Christian M. Fournier et Biz

Music : Jean Lapointe

Producers : Christian M. Fournier et Biz

Production: Mediactive