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Le Vieux pays où Rimbaud est mort

Jean Pierre LefebvreCanada / France114 minutes1977PGColourFrench

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The second part of a trilogy by Jean Pierre Lefebvre follows the director's protagonist Abel as he sets out on an odyssey to France to visit the land of his ancestors.

The second part of a trilogy by director Jean Pierre Lefebvre, Le vieux pays où Rimbaud est mort follows its protagonist Abel (Marcel Sabourin) as he sets out on an odyssey to France to visit the land of his ancestors. While on his trip, Abel discovers that the France he'd been taught to believe in no longer exists, and that his distance from the old country is more than geographical. Made as the the Parti Québécois came to power, Le vieux pays was unfashionably critical of Quebec's colonial relationship to France, and it remains an insightful, poetic commentary on how Canadians are still fighting the old colonial cultural battles with European powers who could care less about their former holdings.

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