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Maria Chapdelaine (1983)

| Drama | April 1986 (USA)
A young woman, living with her parents and siblings on a remote farm in harsh, picturesque northern Québec, has three suitors: a steady and unimaginative farmer, Eutrope, the Americanized ... See full summary »

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Gilles Carle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carole Laure ... Maria Chapdelaine
Nick Mancuso ... François Paradis
Claude Rich ... Curé Cordelier
Amulette Garneau ... Laura Chapdelaine
Yoland Guérard ... Samuel
Pierre Curzi ... Eutrope Gagnon
Donald Lautrec ... Lorenzo Surprenant
Gilbert Sicotte ... Da'Bé Chapdelaine
Guy Thauvette ... Esdras
Stéphane Quéry Stéphane Quéry ... Tit-Be
Josée-Anne Fortin Josée-Anne Fortin ... Alma-Rose Chapdelaine
Louis-Philippe Milot Louis-Philippe Milot ... Télesphore Chapdelaine
Gilbert Comptois Gilbert Comptois ... Edwidge Légaré
Patrick Messe Patrick Messe ... Canayen Corneau
Claude Evrard Claude Evrard ... Caumartin
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A young woman, living with her parents and siblings on a remote farm in harsh, picturesque northern Québec, has three suitors: a steady and unimaginative farmer, Eutrope, the Americanized and wealthy Lorenzo, who has sought his fortune in Boston, and François Paradis, a rough and virile logger who captures her heart despite the warnings of her parents and the village priest. For a year, marked by seasonal change in an atmosphere charged with the strangeness of Indians and the demons of the woods, we see Maria at work and prayer, struggling with decisions, choosing to stay in Canada, in love with François, seeking to change his rough behaviors, and dealing with extraordinary loss. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

April 1986 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lac Baskatong, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

$4,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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Good but the book is better
29 March 2001 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

This movie follows the story as told by Louis Hémon in his book of the same name. Carole Laure is simply charming as Maria Chapdelaine, the daughter of a French-Canadian «colon». She's got to decide which pretender is she going to marry: the adventurous François Paradis (played by Nick Mancuso), Eutrope Gagnon the local farmer (played by Pierre Curzi) or Lorenzo Surprenant who works at a factory in New England (played by Donald Lautrec).

This movie frankly depicts the way of life of those who went north to farm the land and work in the forest industry.

The book is actually a classic in French-Canada, even though it was written by Louis Hémon, of France. The majority of high schools still have the book on their literature program.

8 out of 10.


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