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Gabriel’s Trip is Bashar Shbib’s final film dealing with the eccentric life of Gabriel Young, a middle-aged independent filmmaker. In the first instalment of the trilogy (Hot Sauce), Gabriel (Bashar Shbib) must come to terms with his amnesia. In the second film (The Kiss), he must confront his paranoia. And in the third, Gabriel is diagnosed with acute schizophrenia and must adapt to his new condition. In seeking new beginnings, Gabriel returns to his native Egypt, only to go back to Quebec desillusioned.
The story begins when Gabriel finds out that his young friend (Dustin Ruck) has recently been diagnosed as HIV-positive. A short time thereafter, Gabriel makes his way to the Middle East where he is immersed in the culture of his heritage. He ponders the true meaning of life and his identity, whereby he undergoes a personal crisis. Upon his return, Siobhan, a friend and psychoanalyst, cannot help but notice the changes in his personality, which she diagnoses as a form of schizophrenia. Reticent at first, Gabriel eventually resolves to consult a psychic to “cleanse” him of any intrusive identities. But the exorcism has no effect. To make a more appropriate decision about his treatment, Siobhan suggests that Gabriel’s family gather around him. His children (Maïa Nadon-Chbib, Tadzeo Horner-Chbib, and Camille Fortin-Chbib) and mother (Karina Chadwick) arrive unexpectedly. It is eventually through their love and support that all turns out well and Gabriel is, once again, able to resume his “normal” way of life.
Gabriel’s Trip is a film about one man’s search for identity in a complex world. This intimate biography has no beginning, no middle and no end. It is a story about the poetics of relationships, the lives that overlap and histories that become intertwined.
Cast & Crew
STARRING : BASHAR SHBIB, KIM PRANGLEY, KARINA CHADWICK, DUSTIN RUCK, ROBERT MURRAY, MAÏA NADON-CHBIB, CAMILLE FORTIN-CHBIB, TADZEO HORNER-CHBIB