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Le secret de Jérôme (1994)

In 1863, when a legless, shipwrecked man washes up on the Acadian coast, he's taken to the home of Jean the Corsican, a burly and bitter former soldier, and his childless young wife, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cyrille Marquis
Denis Lapalme ...
Viola Léger ...
Modeste Bourneuf
Bernard Leblanc ...
Antoine Bourneuf
Isabelle Roy ...
Elisabeth Thibodeau
Bertrand Dugas ...
Didier Thibodeau
Andréa Parro ...
Lionel Doucette ...
Father Daly
Neil Thompson ...
Charles McIntyre
Donat Lacroix ...
Alzémir LeBlanc
Hugues Paulin ...
Fils d'Alzémir
Julien Cormier ...
Denise Bouchard ...


In 1863, when a legless, shipwrecked man washes up on the Acadian coast, he's taken to the home of Jean the Corsican, a burly and bitter former soldier, and his childless young wife, Julitte. The man, who is young, handsome, and well-dressed, remains mute as Julitte nurses him back to health. Jean, meanwhile, who is inexplicably estranged from Julitte and an outsider to townspeople, continues his hunt for pirate treasure, rumored to be hidden in a cave by the sea. The treasure is his ticket out of Acadia. As loneliness and Eros draw Julitte and the mysterious Jérôme together, something's got to give. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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23 September 1994 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Jerome's Secret  »

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Un enfant d'océan
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Arrangement: Marcel Aymar et Sylvain Bolduc
Voices: Marcel Aymar and Lina Boudreau
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a great Acadian drama!
6 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was completely enchanted by this period film, especially by it's script richness and it's tenderness and sensibility in the directing. The actors all win 10's! It is in the enchanting style of the classic film THE PIANO, but it is much better! It is the story about an Acadian woman living in a seashore village in 19th century Nova Scotia, Canada, who takes her destiny in her hands, after accepting in her household, a mysterious shipwrecked guy found on the beach. It is in French with English subtitles. I saw it here in Paris.

I searched the web for more information on this mysterious man called Jerome, and found out that this is a true story! This man really existed! Amazing! It is as if ET had appeared in 1856 in North America. It combines the mystery of a man of unknown origin who changes people around him, all the while remaining mute, not the easiest part to play, but done with brio. I also saw on the web, that this film has won 16 international awards around the world. Well awarded! The principal part is played by Acadian Myriam Cyr, who plays her character like a classical violin; she is simply excellent and completely convincing; it is definitely her best acting part ever, this is the woman who played in Gothic by Ken Russell years ago in London. Her husband is played by Corsican German Houde, who at the opening is any woman's nightmare. Also a convincing role. And of course, there is Denis Lepalme, who plays his mute part with such sensitivity, that you are drawn to him instantly. Other excellent actors are Remy Girard (Barbarian Invasions & Declin of the American Empire) as a ex-Patriot from Quebec, and Viola Leger as the ambitious store keeper.

Photography is incredibly beautiful, and Art direction is among the best I've seen in years. This Canadian director, Phil Comeau, knows what he's doing. He is full of sensitivity and talent and definitely an inspired director to follow. Finally, the script (which he co-wrote) is among the best i've seen in years. This is an excellent film to watch and enjoy.

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