September 1961. It’s back to school at the University of Montréal. Nicole, a young bourgeoise studying in arts, meets Pierre, a sophomore who teaches her how to succeed without even attending her classes; Marie-Josée tells Nicole about her heartbreak and to beware of boys, Carl, a pretentious young man, offers her a tour of the city. In his own role, Guy Rocher, a sociology professor, denounces the academic straitjacket. We follow Nicole in an ethics on sexuality course, then to a show of the Cyniques (a famous formation of comedians from the sixties). With Peter, she participates to a drunken initiation and to a large dance celebrating the beginning of the year. The idyll is reflected in an endless series of kisses that continues until the first snowfall. —Télé-Québec
Arcand was born in Deschambault, Quebec. He grew up in a devoutly Roman Catholic home in a village about 40 km southwest of Quebec City. He attended Jesuit school for nine years. Entering his teen years, the family moved to Montreal and although he dreamed about being a professional tennis player, while studying for a Masters Degree in history at the Université de Montréal he became involved in film making that gave him a new sense of direction. During his university days, he and several friends would drive 600 km to New York City every few months to take in European films playing there that were not available in Quebec.
In 1963, he joined the National Film Board of Canada where he produced several award-winning documentaries in his native French language. A social activist, he made a feature-length documentary in 1970 titled On est au coton (We work in Cotton) that showed the exploitation of textile workers. The film caused an uproar that resulted in it not being distributed… read more
Director, Producer (b. July 15, 1941 Montreal, Quebec). First as a director and later as a producer, Denis Héroux extablished himself as a key figure in the evolution of Quebec’s film industry. While studying history at the University of Montreal, Héroux collaborated with Denys Arcand and Stéphane Venne on the first modern Quebec feature, and one of the first statements about Quebec’s changing society and moral outlook – a film about student life called Seul ou avec d’autres (1962).
From 1962 to 1968, Héroux taught history and wrote two history books while also directing films. Jusqu’au cou (1964) and Pas de vacances pour les idoles (1965) are both refreshing and free expressions of life in Quebec. By the late sixties, this commercially shrewd Montrealer had become one of Quebec’s first successful private industry filmmakers with the erotic hits Valérie (1968) and L’Initiation (1970), two films that initiated the cycle of “maple syrup porno.”
In 1975, riding the success… read more