Claude leaves his Native girlfriend, his family and his village on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence and moves to the big city to try and make a name for himself as a singer-songwriter. Success doesn’t come right away and to earn a living he takes on a string of odd jobs in Montréal. He soon falls for Geneviève, a young waitress. But love and ambition don’t mix well, and he is forced to make choices. Torn between two worlds – the sea, the past, the country and the elders, and the fresh water, the city and modernity – Claude decides to throw himself into his singing career. He achieves fame, but it comes at a price: of love lost, and of solitude. —National Film Board of Canada
An influential cinematographer, director and writer, Michel Brault worked as a professional photographer before finding himself in the field of cinema, thanks to the encouragement of his friend and colleague Claude Jutra. Brault collaborated with Jacques Giraldeau on Petites médisances (1953–1954, 39 episodes), a series made using the innovative new principles of the "Candid Eye movement.” In 1956, he joined the National Film Board, where he worked as a cameraperson on a number of Candid Eye series films, most notably The Days Before Christmas (1958, directed by Terence Macartney-Filgate).
That same year, Brault co-directed Les raquetteurs (1958) with Gilles Groulx, a work that was heralded as a sort of manifesto for the NFB’s francophone filmmakers. Defending a different approach to cinema, from then on Brault was part of a new documentary process that was equally technically innovative and artistically innovative. He worked on several films that have become classics; for instance… read more
85 minutes seem like an eternity when viewing this film. That's a flaw with the Canadian cinema. Bring in Truffault, Godard, Malle, Resnais, or any other French cinematic auteur to direct this film, and there would be more of a fast paced film to watch. Also Genevieve Bujold whom I love, isn't in the film as much as I wanted her to be.