Jean Pierre Lefebvre – Le vieux pays où Rimbaud est mort AKA The Old Country Where Rimbaud Died (1977)

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Forty-year old Abel travels to France from Quebec on a pilgrimage to explore the mother country and the land of his ancestors. As he travels around and does all the things tourists are supposed to do, his expectations and perceptions are shattered and he is forced to revise his romanticized image of France. As he travels to see the places where Rimbaud was born, lived, and died, he meets two women who show him the warmth and kindness he was searching for. Continue reading

Peter Rose – Metalogue (1997)

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Described as a cross between a “speech” and a “fireworks display.” A magician-like figure delivers a peculiar speech that is embedded in extravagant arrays of time-delayed images that reflect and refract ideas about memory, time and language. By embedding his gestures in a spectacular diachronic array, Peter Rose has created a new form of kinetic poetry. Continue reading

Guy Maddin – Careful (1992)

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Guy Maddin’s dizzily delirious 1992 film, Careful, has been called a pro-repression fable, a masterpiece of deadpan comic timing, a period piece evoking a time and place that never existed, and a Ricola ad gone horribly, horribly wrong. Utterly unique and yet evocative of myriad influences, Careful is a truly bizarre concoction created from the plundered relics of cinematic history and the dark attics of dreams. Continue reading

Clément Perron – Taureau (1973)

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The population of a small Beauce town in Quebec dogs a mother and her daughter who are believed to trade on their charms. The film shows the brutal reality of the village inhabitants’ behaviour toward the mother and her daughter. Taureau, the woman’s son who is a little crazy, but as strong as an ox, even takes the liberty of courting the teacher. The Beaucerons feel obliged to avenge their honour. Continue reading