Second long métrage de fiction réalisé par Gilles Groulx, ce film expérimental contestataire suit trois personnages conçus pour symboliser les diverses attitudes possibles envers la société de consommation. Ancrée dans le Québec de la fin des années 1960, l’œuvre engagée suit de près ces êtres fictifs dans leur quotidien, en montrant leurs désirs et leurs épreuves. Où êtes-vous donc? est un appel à la résistance qui mise sur l’innovation formelle en multipliant de façon originale les voix hors champ, les collages sonores et les slogans publicitaires.
This short 1964 documentary depicts the national sport of French Canadians: hockey. Seen "from the inside" this seemingly simple game turns out to be not so simple. Hockey is dream of mythic proportions that mirrors the aspirations of an entire people. Its heroes are national figures. At the Montreal Forum, there is total symbiosis between the crowd and the Habs. In 1955, idol Maurice Richard is suspended for striking a referee. The people take to the streets in unison and the riots begin...
This experimental feature-length drama by Gilles Groulx follows three main characters who embody different attitudes about consumerism. A window onto Quebec in the late 1960s, this protest film explores these characters’ daily lives, their trials and aspirations.
Seeing Miami... is a cinematic allegory of the modern U.S. at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Gilles Groulx’s masterfully poetic montage aesthetic evokes Quebecers’ simultaneous aversion and attraction to the El Dorado that is Florida—both a giant nursing home and an ideal of progress, American style.
This short documentary records the celebration and ritual surrounding a snowshoe competition in Sherbrooke in the late 1950s. The film marked the beginning of a new approach to reality in documentary and prefigures the trademark style of the NFB's newly formed French Unit. Today, Les raquetteurs is considered a precursor to the birth of direct cinema. In French with English subtitles.
This feature film made during an exceptionally feverish period of popular revolt that saw the coming together of Quebec’s 3 main unions (CSN, FTQ, CEQ) is a cinematic tract by socially engaged filmmaker Gilles Groulx. Propped against the backdrop of the 1970 October Crisis, the film is a frontal assault denouncing a “consumer society” viewed as the ultimate embodiment of evil.
The 4,000 inhabitants of the archipelago of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon describe it as a caillou—a tiny rock on which they live, lost in the shadow of Newfoundland. There is something mysterious and inexplicable about this extension of faraway France. In broad strokes, the film paints a picture of this insular population, revealing their history, daily lives and singular character.
Through the coming of age of a twenty-year-old man, this film symbolizes the political coming of age of the people of Québec. In French with English subtitles.
Soundtrack album, John's Coltrane's Blue World, available from Impulse! / Universal Music Enterprises.
A chronicle of daily life that lays bare people’s dependency on consumer society, which reduces and degrades individuals via its very structures—and which, the filmmaker argues, must be challenged and transformed. There is no story as such—that is, no conventional episodic structure or plot, but rather a sequence of seven tableaux depicting the life of a couple and its gradual disintegration, set against the socio-economic backdrop of 1969, a world in which seduction is ever-present.
Le 41e film de l’ONF à être nommé aux Oscars®
Documentaire plus vrai que nature sur la fabrication des clous. Les bruits naturels rendent saisissantes ces images vivantes de feu et d'eau. Forgé sur l'enclume, coupé mécaniquement ou produit de façon industrielle, on découvrira ce petit objet, universellement utile, à travers les étapes de sa fabrication.
Filmed in the town of Normétal in northern Québec, this short documentary provides a first-hand introduction to life in a frontier mining community where all roads lead to the pithead. Dweller of two worlds, the copper miner's life is one of contrasts. A mile underground are the rock face, the clattering drills, the dust of explosions; above ground, all the familiar activities of a small town.
A classic NFB documentary about the Golden Gloves boxing tournament, the Canadian amateur's hope for success in the boxing world. This Gilles Groulx film shows three Montreal boxers in training. In behind-the-scenes interviews they talk about their ambitions and what prompted them to take up the sport.