Made famous in 1971 by the success of La Sagouine and achieving international celebrity after winning the Prix Goncourt for Pélagie-la-Charrette in 1979, Antonine Maillet has been the mouthpiece of the Acadian people throughout the world for fifty years. This documentary takes us from Bouctouche to Montreal by way of Moncton to discover a great writer who has rarely spoken of herself with such candour and generosity. An unforgettable autobiographical document.
Ages 14 to 18
Arts Education - Drama
English Language Arts - Quebec Literature
History and Citizenship Education - Society in New France (1608-1760)
Languages - French as a Second Language
What evidence is there in the film that Antonine Maillet blends “stories, history and imagination” (3:00)? Students can research Acadian history and the Acadian/Quebecois relationship and compare it to Louisiana’s French history, for example. How do smaller communities maintain their culture and prevent assimilation (15:00)? How does Antonine Maillet come to terms with the common perspective on “feminine intelligence” (24:00)? Watch the final excerpt again. Why is The Possibilities Are Endless an appropriate subtitle for the film?