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Journey’s End  //  La Belle Visite (Orig.)

DIR: Jean-François Caissy
2009 / Canada / 80 min

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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.

About

Director Jean-François Caissy
Screenplay Jean-François Caissy
Dir. of Photography Nicolas Canniccioni
Editing Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
Music Julien Bilodeau
Sound Hugo Brochu, Martin Allard
Duration 80 min
Year 2009
Country Canada
Colour Colour
Tags institution, observational, old age
Production Les Films De L’autre
Les Films De L’autre
Address:  2205, rue Parthenais #108
City:  H2K 3T3 Montréal (Québec)
Country:  Canada
Web:  www.lesfilmsdelautre.com/index.html
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Phone:  514-396-2651
Cell phone:  514-396-7738

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Festivals

LA BELLE VISITE (Journey ...

LA BELLE VISITE (Journey’s End) 2009 Color / documentary / 35mm / 80 min.


Berlin International Film Festival (Forum), 2010


BFI London Film Festival, (UK), 2010


Visions du Réel (Nyon), Compétition Internationale Regards Neufs, 2010


Hot Docs (Toronto), 2010


Mumbai Film Festival (Inde), 2010


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (USA), 2010


RIDM, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, 2009


FICFA, Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie,2010 WINNER BEST DOCUMENTARY


Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois, 2010 JURY SPECIAL MENTION


Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (Belgique), 2010


Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg (Allemagne), 2011


Cork French Film Festival (Irlande), 2011


Festival International du Documentaire sur la Biodiversité et les Peules Premiers (France), 2011


Cinéma du Québec à Paris (France), 2010


Altantic Film Festival, 2010


Calgary International Film Festival, 2010


Camden International Film Festival (USA), 2010


ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival, 2011


Festival Cine Premiere, (Pays-Bas), 2010


DOXA, Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver 2010


Les Percéides, Festival international de cinéma et d'art de Percé,2010


Tournée canadienne et québécoise des RVCQ, 2010

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