Morbihan is one of the poorest regions in Britanny. Joseph, a 33-year-old farmer, can no longer live off the land. He is hired at the fancy new plant that has jus opened. In the space of a few days – or even hours – he moves from one century to the next. He enters the world of rote work. Fortunately, he can go home to his farm every evening, far from the large urban centres where workers must usually live. —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