Claude Jutra: An Unfinished Story

  • Paule Baillargeon,
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  • 82 min 17 s

Like a shadow play, this feature doc explores the complex personality of Claude Jutra (1930-1986), a daring and innovative filmmaker who catapulted Quebec cinema into the modern age. His rich legacy includes some of Canada's most best-loved films: Mon oncle Antoine, A Chairy Tale (co-directed with Norman McLaren), À tout prendre, WOW and Kamouraska. Such Jutra contemporaries as Bernardo Bertolucci, Geneviève Bujold, Michel Brault and Saul Rubinek provide a vivid account of the man and his times. Archival materials and film excerpts also offer insight into the life and work of an artist who rubbed shoulders with famed French directors Truffaut, Cocteau and Rouch. The film shows Jutra as a sensitive soul buffeted by the world, a brilliant creator who gave his life completely to cinema.

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Paule Baillargeon
director of photography
Michael Savoie
Dominique Sicotte
Jefferson Lewis
head researcher
Jefferson Lewis
Julie Laferrière
Sylvia Mezei
Paule Baillargeon
original music
Yves Laferrière
Luc Papineau
sound design
Jeremy MacLaverty
James Mark Stewart
Alain Létourneau
Marie-France Delagrave
art director
Bruno La Haye
Réjean Goderre
Michèle Cournoyer
re-recording mixer
Todd Warren
Brad Zoern
Anne Frank
André Théberge
Nicole Lamothe
Yves Bisaillon


  • “A beautiful and sad film about a beautiful soul and superb artist. The subtext, of course, is that as a society we usually misunderstand and fail to support and appreciate such artists. Still true, I fear.” — gcpotter, 13 Oct 2011

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