Remembering Maria Chapdelaine

Remembering Maria Chapdelaine

This feature documentary by Jean-Claude Labrecque recounts the bold and astounding enterprise of French filmmaker Julien Duvivier, who shot a film adaptation of Louis Hémon’s classic novel Maria Chapdelaine in Péribonka, a village in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, in 1934. What was the impact of the original film’s production on the life of the community? What memories remain? What town secrets lie hidden in those memories?

Tracking our identity and our relationship with the past, Labrecque and his team delve into the boundaries between the fantasy world of film and reality. Drawing on clips from Duvivier’s film, material from archives in France and Quebec, and original footage shot by Labrecque and his team in Péribonka in 2013, the documentary Remembering Maria Chapdelaine is an inquiry into the boundaries between the fantasy world of film and reality.

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Credits
  • director
    Jean-Claude Labrecque
  • producer
    Colette Loumède
  • director of photography
    Steve Asselin
  • sound editing
    Catherine Van Der Donckt
  • editing
    Michel Giroux
  • research
    Nancy Marcotte
  • location sound
    Ken Allaire
    Carol Bouchard
    Daniel Charlebois
    Catherine Van Der Donckt
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • executive producer
    Colette Loumède

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