Journey’s End

2009 / Canada / 80min

In the far reaches of the Quebec countryside, between a road and a headland that plunges into the sea, an abandoned motel has been converted into a retirement home. In this former travellers’ retreat, time seems to have ground to a halt. La belle visite is an elegiac exploration of old age, set in a place at once physical and allegorical.

Set against the backdrop of the rolling sea and changing seasons, the film takes us inside this microcosm, slowly revealing the workings of a self-contained world. By sharing in the lives of two dozen seniors over the course of five seasons, the viewer is drawn into the pace of old age; rather than providing answers, the film elicits reflection. The scenes unfold as a series of standalone but interlocking tableaux devoid of interviews, narration or music. This rigorous attempt to convey reality steadily builds the film’s tone, a mood between despair and celebration.


  • Original title
    La Belle Visite
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jean-François Caissy
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Nicolas Canniccioni
  • Editing
    Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
  • Music
    Julien Bilodeau
  • Sound
    Hugo Brochu, Martin Allard
  • Duration
    80 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    Les Films De L’autre
    2205, rue Parthenais #108
    H2K 3T3 Montréal (Québec)
    tel: 514-396-2651
    cell: 514-396-7738
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