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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.


Gilles Groulx




Cast overview:
Barbara Ulrich ... Barbara
Claude Godbout ... Claude
Manon Blain Manon Blain ... Manon J'sais-pas-qui
Véronique Vilbert Véronique Vilbert ... Véronique
Jean-Paul Bernier Jean-Paul Bernier ... Jean-Paul
André Leblanc André Leblanc ... Toulouse
Paul-Marie Lapointe Paul-Marie Lapointe ... Messieurs - ont joué trois personnages
Jean-V. Dufresne Jean-V. Dufresne ... Messieurs - ont joué trois personnages (as Jean V. Dufresne)
Pierre Maheu ... Messieurs - ont joué trois personnages


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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-Ce film a remporté le Grand Prix du long métrage au Festival du Cinéma Canadien à Montréal (Province Québec, Canada), en 1964. See more »

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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 »


Referenced in Hivernam (2002) See more »

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The State meets New Wave
27 December 2006 | by jonathan-577See all my reviews

This NFB production, transformed mid-project into a 35mm feature by director Groulx, must have been a traumatic viewing experience to Quebeckers accustomed to decades of church-sponsored morality plays. It is the first Canadian film to have absorbed the stylistic and thematic tics of the French New Wave. It's radical-boy-and-liberal-girlfriend just like Godard, only this one takes the side of the girl, which is nice. While there are some impressive rhetorical flourishes, this is a study in rebellion, not a rebellion in itself - which is what happens when you ask a government agency to produce a French New Wave film. Anyway, the boy goes to live in the country and sulk while reading newspapers, while the girl stays in town and gets fed up with him. So in other words, it resonated! I don't care if it fails to present any empowering solution to the guy's nihilist radicalism. I loved this film, it's beautiful.

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8 August 1964 (Canada) See more »

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CAD33,000 (estimated)
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