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Les fous de Bassan (1987)

In a small town on Quebec's Gaspé peninsula in 1936, a young man returns home after a five-year absence. A hit with the local ladies but not with the object of his heart's desire, the town is thrown into turmoil as rape and murder ensues.


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Complete credited cast:
Steve Banner ...
Stevens Brown
Olivia Atkins
Nora Atkins
Timothé Brown
Irène Jones
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
Pasteur Nicolas Jones
Perceval Brown
Roland Chenail ...
Père Atkins
Patrick Atkins
Pierre Powers ...
Sidney Atkins
Henri Chassé ...
Bob Allen
Denise Gagnon ...
Béa Brown
Tony Bay
Vieux Stevens


Stevens Brown, now an old man, recalls the events that unfurled 50 years before in the summer of 1936 when, after a five-year absence following a fierce quarrel with his father, he had returned to his repressive hometown village of Griffin Creek (fictional town based on L'Anse-au-Griffon), located on Quebec's Gaspé peninsula. At the time, while his father, Timothé, pays little heed to his son's return, the town gratefully welcomes back the handsome and charismatic young Stevens, especially the local ladies for whom his adventures lend an irresistible air of mystery and glamour. As passions boil below the town's incestuous surface, Stevens becomes the lover of the young widow, Maureen, but his heart is firmly set on the one girl not interested in his advances, Olivia Atkins, his enchanting cousin. Revolving around the people central to the events of that summer, from the women in Steven's life, and Percival, his simple-minded brother, to the reverend and his wife and the villagers as a... Written by pdlussier1

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19 August 1987 (France)  »

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In the Shadow of the Wind  »

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Fascinating, emotional and passionate..
12 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not to be confused with the Carlos Ruiz Book, The Shadow Of The Wind, this is a film by Yves Simoneau based on the book by Anne Hebert.

The story is of a young man, Stevens, who returns to his native village after a five year exile caused by a violent quarrel with his father. The story centers around some of the women in his village. Passion seethes beneath the Protestant, inter-bred villagers. Stevens is very aware of the affections of the women around him but he wants the only women who appears to resist him, Olivia. Tragedy ensues..

The film is in french with English subtitles. There is a lot of monologue accompanied by some haunting violin music. Worth a watch if you can track it down.

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