Sophie Dupuis

Canada | V.O. French | 2021 | 97 min | Fiction

Maxime, a Val-d’Or native in his early twenties, works in an underground mine near his hometown. He’s on a 14-day on 14-day off schedule. He shares his life between his girlfriend with whom he’s patiently trying to father a child and his childhood friend Julien, now disabled following a car accident caused by Maxime a year earlier. Since then, guilt eats him up slowly as he intends to redeem himself, only to find Mario, Julien’s father, on his path, slowing the process down. The father, who works at the mine with him, still holds a grudge for his role in the accident. One night, there is an explosion underground. Maxime heads underground that night with the firm intention of bringing all his colleagues back alive. Through the daily life of these mine workers, Souterrain puts forward the contrast between the harshness of the setting of underground mines and the great human beings who work there.

Director Sophie Dupuis
Music Gaëtan Gravel, Patrice Dubuc
Cinematographer Mathieu Laverdière
Screenplay Sophie Dupuis
Cast Joakim Robillard, Théodore Pellerin, James Hyndman, Guillaume Cyr, Catherine Trudeau
Production Bravo Charlie
Distribution Axia Films


Sophie Dupuis

Quebec Filmmaker Sophie Dupuis is known for her impactful and disturbing style of storytelling. The intense and unsettling stories she writes are driven by human complexity and sensibility. The characters she creates are both dazzling and tender. After making many acclaimed Short Films from 2008 to 2016, Dupuis went on to direct her first Feature Film, “Family First” in 2018 with which she has shown her brilliant talent as an actor’s director. It is a vibrant portrayal of a dysfunctional and loving family tied into a little corruption, lies and brutality. A story that introduces us to impetuous characters trying to fight for their life within a whirlwind of violence. After eight nominations at Québec Cinéma Awards and four nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards, “Family First” was selected to represent Canada in the race for the Oscars 2018. Sophie is now presenting her next film “Underground,” a suspenseful drama featuring a group of men united by a beautiful friendship, working together in a gold mine in the North of Abitibi-Témiscamingue.