Montreal, Quebec, circa 3000 CE. Two men are smitten with the same girl. Jacob (Jacques Laguirand) is an older musician of significant renown; Arthur (Paul Ahmarani) designs musical instruments to be manufactured by his father (Robert Lepage). The object of their desire, Avril (Caroline Dhavernas), is a short-winded photographer short on inspiration. Through teleportation and a device for travelling into the unconscious, the amorous adventures of the time-unstuck trio bring them to Mars—or to what they imagine Mars to be... Adapted from Villeneuve’s own comic book series, Mars et Avril neatly covers many of the basic themes of sci-fi: time and technology, dream and reality, the universe and the subconscious. The vision of next-millennium Montreal is gorgeous, utterly believable and totally mindblowing. Nodding to history, it’s also deliciously tongue-in-cheek—a futuristic Habitat 67, tomorrow’s Turcot Interchange!—and doesn’t overdo the gadgetry. A first for Quebec cinema, Mars et Avril is a beguiling tale of mad love and secrets of the universe.