Legendary cinéma vérité filmmakers Pierre Perrault and Michel Brault were attracted to Île-aux-Coudres for two reasons: the language of the people who lived on this small island in the St. Lawrence and the whales.
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DCP. Doc Lisboa. Like Flaherty, especially in "Nanook of the North", documenting a community, a spatiality, and a contextual conjuncture, is to disseminate all the outer traits of the medium in a material conjunction synchronous with the filmed life, making life film and film an episode of life, of the filmed lives. A great documentary film lesson.
Tales as old as time, the infinite horizon, trees planted deep in the water, shadows shapeshifting through waves, the white holy beast, the moon-god, the past sending a picture to the future. Mythology existing in reality.
Quite endearing and unique for it's time. My wish would be to cut it down to a refined 45-60 minutes keeping in the elegant cinematography and poetic moments and perhaps shedding some of the longer arguments and dialogue portions. Ahh but it's a remarkable feature as it stands, it just drags a bit and loses itself in it's own lack of focus.