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Tout ce que tu possèdes (2012)

A Quebec City university lecturer abandons his academic career to translate the poetry of Edward Edward Stachura.

Director:

Bernard Émond

Writers:

Edward Stachura (Poems by), Bernard Émond
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Cast

Credited cast:
Patrick Drolet ... Pierre Leduc
Willia Ferland-Tanguay Willia Ferland-Tanguay ... Adèle Genest
Isabelle Vincent Isabelle Vincent ... Anne Thibault
Jack Robitaille Jack Robitaille ... Maître Dutil
Gilles Renaud ... Christian Leduc
Sara Simard Sara Simard ... Nicole Genest
Geneviève St-Louis Geneviève St-Louis ... L'étudiante
Mateusz Grydlik Mateusz Grydlik ... Krzyztof
Vincent Champoux Vincent Champoux ... Médecin
Charles Sirard-Blouin Charles Sirard-Blouin ... Pierre (13 ans)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Bisping ... Polish reader (voice)
Nicolas Paquin ... Ouvrier #2
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A Quebec City university lecturer abandons his academic career to translate the poetry of Edward Edward Stachura.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | Polish

Release Date:

2 November 2012 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

All That You Possess See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Québec, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Moody allegory
28 April 2013 | by gabridlSee all my reviews

SPOILER ALERT: INTERPRETATION FOLLOWS

This film is slow and subtle. Ostensibly a character study, the film is really an allegory for Quebec—it's inward, alienated present, its relations to the rest of Canada, its sad and difficult past, and most important, its painful recognition that its choices threaten to destroy any chance it might have at a future.

I particularly liked the lead actor. Taciturn and lumbering, Patrick Drolet embodies wasted potential. Sensitive in his work but farouche in company, Drolet conveys as much through omission as he does through action—the emotion he feels but refuses to express, the poetry he imagines but cannot write, the decisions he understands but fails to take. Émond's direction is everything he is not.

The film also alludes cleverly to literature. Balzac's "Lost Illusions" is the most obvious parallel as a story of squandered talent, but I also caught references to Racine's "Phèdre" (who won't dirty her hands) and Goethe's "Wilhelm Meister" (who slowly comes to acknowledge his responsibilities). In this line, Émond is the Turgenev of Quebec: critical in analysis but generous in sympathy.


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