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Cat in the Sack (1964)

Le chat dans le sac (original title)
A young journalist is unhappy with society and contemplates what he can do about it.

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Claude Godbout ...
Claude
Manon Blain ...
Manon J'sais-pas-qui
Véronique Vilbert ...
Véronique
Jean-Paul Bernier ...
Jean-Paul
André Leblanc ...
Toulouse
Paul-Marie Lapointe ...
Messieurs - ont joué trois personnages
Jean-V. Dufresne ...
Messieurs - ont joué trois personnages (as Jean V. Dufresne)
Pierre Maheu ...
Messieurs - ont joué trois personnages
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Claude is a young Quebecois journalist living in Montreal. He's alienated and unhappy with contemporary society; he can't change it and at the same time he doesn't want to simply compromise and accept it the way it is. It bothers him that his anglophone, Jewish girlfriend Barbara is less philosophical than he is and is more concerned with her theater career than sharing his concerns about social issues. The tension with Barbara and conflicts with his editors causes Claude to leave the city and travel to a remote cabin in the countryside. There he reflects on his predicament and in his isolation he finds his ties to Barbara gradually loosening... Written by pr1mal_1

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8 August 1964 (Canada)  »

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CAD 33,000 (estimated)
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(opening statement) This film is one man's view of the anxieties of certain groups of French Canadian youth. See more »

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A key film for Quebec cinema
21 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Some might find the didactic poetry form of "Le Chat dans le sac" hard to watch, but for me it provided a very personal perspective into the mind set of the socially conscious youth of the time. As Quebec was coming out of the Quiet revolution, a new wave of thought was emerging for stronger independence and a growing sense of Quebec as a nation was forming. This obviously lead to huge changes in Canadian politics, and so the film is very interesting to study some 40 years later.

Stylistically, it lends itself to the ever Canadian style of documentary, and with good reason. It was conceived within the French studio of the NFB, but later converted to a feature fiction. At the exact same time, the English NFB came out with "Nobody Waved Goodbye" which was ironically conceived the same way, converted the same way, and deals with many parallel issues but through the eyes of a discontent teen in the Toronto area.

It might be hard to find, but worth the effort!


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