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Le confort et l'indifférence (1982)

Made shortly after the referendum on Quebec's independence was held, this documentary illustrates what the politicians' promises were and how the population did not really care nor truly ... See full summary »

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Denys Arcand
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean-Pierre Ronfard Jean-Pierre Ronfard ... Nicolas Machiavelli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Barre Raymond Barre ... Himself (Premier ministre de la France)
Pierre Brodeur Pierre Brodeur ... Himself (Mouvement Québec-Canada, camp du non)
Monique Bégin Monique Bégin ... Herself (camp du non)
Maurice Chaillot ... Himself (Jardinier de Montréal, camp du oui)
Reggie Chartrand Reggie Chartrand ... Himself (Boxeur, camp du oui)
Jean Chrétien ... Himself (camp du non)
Paul Desmarais Paul Desmarais ... Himself (camp du non)
Jean Drapeau ... Himself (Mayor of Montréal, séquence de la Coupe Stanley)
Irène Fournaris Irène Fournaris ... Herself (camp du oui)
Émile Genest ... Himself (camp du non)
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ... Himself (Président de la république)
Gérald Godin ... Himself (camp du oui)
Ronald Jones Ronald Jones ... Himself (Ancien boxeur professionnel, camp du non)
Réal Laflamme Réal Laflamme ... Himself (Agriculteur de Sainte-Rosalie, camp du non)
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Made shortly after the referendum on Quebec's independence was held, this documentary illustrates what the politicians' promises were and how the population did not really care nor truly understand what was really at stake, even though just about everyone had an opinion on the subject. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 February 1982 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Comfort and Indifference See more »

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Budget:

CAD 200,000 (estimated)
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-(Le réalisateur parle de son film): -"Dans 'Le confort et l'indifférence', il y a une séquence qui se passe dans un salon des véhicules modifiés. C'était des gens qui avaient acheté des espèces de petites wagonnettes et qu'ils aménageaient à leur goût. Moi j'avais tourné ça à l'époque parce que quand j'avais couvert la campagne référendaire de 1980 pour mon film, et la chose qui m'avait frappé le plus finalement, c'est que tout le discours, (et pour et contre l'indépendance du Québec) était un discours qui au fond concernait le confort. Et j'essayais de trouver des séquences pour illustrer ce confort là, pour illustrer l'envie que les gens ont d'avoir des gadgets, des choses comme ça. Et c'est une séquence qu'on m'a reproché un moment donné parce que on me disait que il faisait preuve de mépris pour les québécois, pour les gens qui s'achetaient ce genre de véhicule là, et tout ça, et en particulier un mépris pour la classe ouvrière, ou pour des choses comme ça. C'est en partie vrai et en partie faux; Un des grands problèmes, c'est que le confort bourgeois (ou enfin, petit bourgeois, pas la très grande bourgeoisie mais un confort bourgeois), il se photographie très mal; La différence entre un système de son 'Panasonic' et un système de son 'Acoustic Research', ça ne se voit pas beaucoup sur une pellicule 16 mm, alors qu'un gars qui remplit sa wagonnette de tapis 'Shag', ça c'est très très cinématographique. Bref, c'était vraiment la notion du confort. Pour moi, c'est un discours qui est omniprésent. Moi j'ai l'impression que le discours est grosso modo le même aujourd'hui, et je ne peux pas voir comment on peut y échapper. C'est-à-dire qu'il y a 2 discours qui s'opposent. Le discours fédéraliste qui dit: "Si nous sommes indépendants, si nous devenons indépendants, nous allons être moins confortable", et le discours indépendantiste qui dit: "Ne nous inquiétons pas, si nous sommes indépendants, nous allons être aussi confortable". Et c'est finalement ça le fond du problème. Moi je pense que (à moins que je me trompe), Machiavel dirait la même chose que ce que je lui faisais dire dans mon film, c'est-à-dire, les hommes sont cupides, paresseux et menteurs, et ils vont utiliser tout les moyens possibles pour satisfaire ces envies là, satisfaire leurs envies de posséder des choses plus belles, des gadgets plus nouveaux, des choses comme ça." (entrevue avec Denys Arcand, dans le film documentaire 'Le mouton noir' de Jacques Godbout, en 1992). See more »

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How to learn about politics in Quebec: charisma and humanity of René Levesque
12 January 2007 | by NeossirSee all my reviews

Really well done documentary about the Quebec politic in the '70s, and the failure of the referendum when they tried to be independent. In this movie, you realize how it was back then, and the utopia spirit they lived. The portrait of the great René Levesque, at the head of the Parti Québecois, is moving, and his speeches sound just right. He is those kind of rare politics who we can trust, because he is loyal, sincere, honest. It's nevertheless how the movie depicted him, and I really believe he was like that though I don't know much about Quebec politic past. I had a really nice overview of this important period for the Province with this excellent documentary.

How to believe in political men? See this movie.


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