Two Episodes from the Life of Hubert Aquin

Two Episodes from the Life of Hubert Aquin

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This feature documentary by Jacques Godbout retraces the life of Hubert Aquin, one of Quebec's most brilliant writers. The film revolves around 2 episodes in Aquin's life: the dramatic events leading up to the publication of his first novel, and the anguish of the months preceding his suicide. (Aquin ended his life in 1977.) An unusual montage technique intercuts excerpts from a feature film in which he was the lead actor with the recollections of people who knew him well.

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Two Episodes from the Life of Hubert Aquin, Jacques Godbout, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Jacques Godbout
  • producer
    Jacques Bobet
  • script
    Jacques Godbout
    François Ricard
  • photography
    Pierre Letarte
  • sound
    Serge Beauchemin
  • editing
    Louise Surprenant
  • sound editing
    Bernard Bordeleau
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Hans Peter Strobl
  • music
    François Dompierre

  • Bob3

    The ending is chilling. The wife is metaphorically yelling jump! Jump! I couldn’t be that detached even if it was a stranger. To encourage and plan someone’s death might have been a crime in the US. Obviously, more planning that someone has put into a suicide, the greater the risk.

    Bob3, 5 Jul 2016

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