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The Stork (1988)

Clair-obscur (original title)


Credited cast:
Paul Babiak ...
Roger Barnett ...
2nd Farmhand
Alan Bendzius ...
1st Farmhand
Attila Bertalan ...
The Fool
Bernard Carey ...
1st Butcher
John Dapery ...
The Doctor
Susan Eyton-Jones ...
Francis Felber ...
The Baby
William Kosaras ...
Jean-Claude Labrecque ...
The Police Chief
Doug Masters ...
2nd Butcher
Claire Nadon ...
The Waitress
Antonio Rivas ...
The Guitarist
Claudette Rivas ...
The Pianist
Jack Spinner ...


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1 September 1988 (Canada)  »

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1.66 : 1
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The story with no words that tells everything
17 July 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a parable for adults as the director calls it.

Out in the country, on a beautiful old farm not far from a village that has only one hotel, live Edouard, the patriarch, his son Philippe (who doesn't seem to fit on the farm), Philippe's austere wife, Anne, and their daughter Stephanie.

Their daily routine is suddenly interrupted by the enigmatic Pol, a singer who returns to the village after several years' absence. Inexorably attracted to the hotel where she is singing, Philippe again falls under her spell. He spends less and less time at the farm with his family. Tension rises.

Edouard orders Philippe to behave like a responsible man. A fight breaks out and Edouard becomes bedridden. Anne maybe with child, but this fails to win back her husband. Obsessed by the desire for vengeance, she withdraws into herself in the daytime and sleepwalks at night. Conflicts between the members of the family reach a tragic climax but the arrival of a stork brings a turbulent but happy ending.

CLAIR OBSCUR (THE STORK) is a film without dialogue in the tradition of visual story telling of the silent cinema. The soundtrack includes five songs, exploring the message of the film in German, French, English, Italian and Spanish.

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