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Le vieux pays où Rimbaud est mort (1977)

A middle-aged man travels to France and is discouraged by the attitudes of the people concerning his native land until he meets and begins relationships with two lonely women.
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Credited cast:
Marcel Sabourin ... Abel
Anouk Ferjac ... Anne
Myriam Boyer Myriam Boyer ... Jeanne
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Le père de Jeanne
Germaine Delbat Germaine Delbat ... La mère d'Anne
François Perrot ... Le mari d'Anne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-François Bayonne Jean-François Bayonne ... L'adjudant
Fernand Berset Fernand Berset ... Le boucher
Tomasz Bialkowski Tomasz Bialkowski ... Le prolo
Madeleine Bouchez Madeleine Bouchez ... La chaisière
Robert Darmel Robert Darmel ... L'agent de police
Michel Delahaye Michel Delahaye ... Le professeur
Jean Douchet Jean Douchet ... Le politicien
Jean-François Dérec Jean-François Dérec ... L'étudiant de gauche
Claude Fonfrède Claude Fonfrède ... Le troubadour


40-year old Abel travels to France from Quebec on a pilgrimage to explore the mother country and land of his ancestors. As he travels around and does all the things tourists are supposed to do, his expectations and perceptions are shattered and he is quickly forced to revise his romanticized image of France and adapt to reality. Nobody there cares about Quebec and he doesn't seem to have anything in common with them at all. As he travels to see the places where Rimbaud was born, lived, and died, he meets two women who show him the warmth and kindness he was searching for. Jeanne, an impoverished young widow is saddled with loneliness and problems stemming from her delinquent brother and drunken father. Anne is a family court judge who lives an uneventful life with her husband. Both women become Abel's friends and then his lovers. Written by pr1mal_1

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8 August 1977 (Canada) See more »

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The Old Country Where Rimbaud Died See more »


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CAD 352,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Explores France's abandonment of Quebec
22 November 2003 | by credmondSee all my reviews

It's too bad this film isn't better constructed, because the idea of it is very promising.

Middle-aged Abel goes to France from Quebec to explore what was at one time considered the "homeland" only find that nobody understands his "strange accent," has little opinion of Quebec and isn't at all sympathetic to their then plight to become a sovereign nation. It deals with the issue of abandonment from the country in both metaphors and literal expressions throughout the narrative, something many films from Quebec have always done on an abstract level.

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