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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
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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