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Cinéma-mondeDecentred Perspectives on Global Filmmaking in French$
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Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414982

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414982.001.0001

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An Ostrich, a Backhoe and a few Ski-Doos: Tracking the Road Movie in Quebec and Beyond

An Ostrich, a Backhoe and a few Ski-Doos: Tracking the Road Movie in Quebec and Beyond

(p.192) Chapter 9 An Ostrich, a Backhoe and a few Ski-Doos: Tracking the Road Movie in Quebec and Beyond

Thibaut Schilt

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the presence of the road movie in Quebec cinema. The province’s grands espaces, its famous snowy winters, and the ubiquitous presence of the Saint Lawrence River in the life of its citizens make for a propitious and particularly cinegenic exploration of mobility within the region. After tracing in a preliminary section the cinematic antecedents of Quebec’s contemporary road movies, three films are analysed separately: Stéphane Lafleur’s En terrains connus/Familiar Ground (2011), Philippe Falardeau’s Congorama (2006) and Denis Chouinard’s L’ange de goudron/Tar Angel (2001). The intent is to highlight some of the unique contours and distinct cinematic viewpoints of the francophone province, to assess the varying degrees to which the films’ Québécité takes centre stage, and to ponder Quebec cinema’s place within the larger cinéma-monde category.

Keywords:   Quebec cinema, road movie, Congorama, L’ange de goudron, En terrains connus, cinéma direct, Denis Chouinard, Philippe Falardeau, Stéphane Lafleur

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