Where I'm From

It all starts in darkness, with a child who doesn't know where he comes from. In a quest that is both personal and universal, director Claude Demers (Barbers: A Men’s Story, Ladies in Blue) revisits the locales of his childhood and asks questions about the mysteries of his origins, and about his formative years, which were marked by abandonment.

The film is an intimate chronicle that unfolds in the working-class neighbourhood of Verdun, where the filmmaker grew up. It features Bastien and Cédric, two young boys who are discovering the world around them and who serve as the narrator’s alter egos. The town and the magical banks of the Saint Lawrence River serve as a backdrop for this coming-of-age story that is also a profound inner journey. Between past and present, birth and death, D’où je viens traces the course of one man’s redemption. The film marries realism with lyricism and a vibrant soundtrack that celebrates life. It is a free-flowing work, both deeply human and poetic.

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Film Credits

participation
Cédric Joyal
Bastien-Xavier Landry-Miron
Janie-Luc Beauchamp-Francoeur
Gaby Bruno
Karl Fontaine
Esther Hageman
Hopeton Morris
Benoit Poirier
Serge Poirier
Pavel Pugachev
writer
Claude Demers
director
Claude Demers
director of photography
Jean-Pierre St-Louis
Nicolas Canniccioni
editing
Alexandre Leblanc
sound recording
Sylvain Vary
sound editing
Claude Beaugrand
research
Claude Demers
narration
Claude Demers
foley
Lise Wedlock
re-recording
Serge Boivin
original music
Alexandre Corbeil
Gabriel Dharmoo
producer
Colette Loumède

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