No Quick Fix


A harrowing look at the lives of two young drug addicts.

SKU: 1633
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Producer: National Film Board of Canada
Year Produced: 2000
Running time: 52 minutes


A very revealing portrait of two young addicts, their life on the street and their despairing parents, who find themselves powerless to save their children from the habit that is consuming them. As filmmaker Andree Cazabon follows Cathy and Laurent for many months, recording their desperate drug-fuelled existence, she remembers her own life on the street. My parents and I relived that horror, she says of her creative journey. But it was for all parents that she made this film. Cathys and Laurents parents live in a permanent state of bewildered anxiety and guilt.

How can they avoid being totally destroyed by grief? How do they manage to carry on with their lives, in spite of everything? And how do they deal with a system that views them with suspicion? By grimly showing two children in the grip of a brutal addiction, No Quick Fix hopes to alleviate and identify some of the enormous pain endured by parents coping with an addicted child. In French with English subtitles. 26 page teaching guide available by downloading from