On a background of audio and visual collages, Où êtes-vous donc? is about the urban quest of three individuals whom are searching for their path in a new society oriented on consumption, publicity and mass culture. Based on the phenomenon of Québécois music, Où êtes-vous donc? is intended to be some sort of collective odyssey revisited as an cinematographic essay. The film stars three well-known figures of 60s music ; singer and songwriter Georges Dor, Christian Bernard, member of the Hou-Lops, and Claudine Monfette, better known as Mouffe. Leaving aside the traditional notions of representation, with this film Groulx reinvents the forms of conduct of the cinematographic tale, in the manner of Bertolt Brecht. —National Film Board of Canada
Gilles Groulx grew up in a working-class family with 14 children. After studying business in school, he went to work in an office but found the white-collar environment too stultifying. Deciding that the only way out was to become an intellectual, he attended the “École du meuble” for a time and was a supporter of Borduas’ automatiste movement. He also made 8mm amateur films, which landed him a job as picture editor in the news department of the CBC. After three short personal films that confirmed his talent, he was hired by the NFB at the beginning of the Candid Eye movement in 1956.
His first film with the NFB was Les Raquetteurs (1958). Co-directed with Michel Brault, it employed the candid eye approach and was a landmark film. With Golden Gloves in 1961, Groulx’s focus shifted from the crowd to the individual, but still showing the individual in his environment.
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