Claude JutraCanada100 minutes1964B&WFrench
Shot in an improvisatory style reminiscent of the films of the French New Wave, Claude Jutra's intensely autobiographical drama marked a milestone in Canadian cinema by touching on such verboten topics as interracial romance, homosexuality and abortion.
Shot in an improvisatory style reminiscent of the films of the French New Wave, Claude Jutra's À tout prendre was a milestone in both Canadian and Québécois cinema: an intensely autobiographical drama that touches on such verboten topics as interracial romance, homosexuality and abortion. Jutra stars in the film as Claude, a white Montreal filmmaker engaged in a tempestuous relationship with Johanne (Johanne Harelle, Jutra's real-life ex-partner), a beautiful black actress and model. As their affair careens toward a disastrous conclusion, the pair engages in a charged game of truth that compels Claude to face up to his own complex sexuality. Creating a poetic, palimpsestic texture of overlapping images, sounds, dialogue and narration — and saluting his nouvelle vague inspiration via a brief cameo from François Truffaut, with whom he had briefly worked during a sojourn in France in the late '50s — Jutra boldly made a case for cinema as a form of self-expression in a cultural climate that generally shunned such unfettered subjectivity.