Cinema of Pain: On Quebec's Nostalgic Screen

July 29, 2020|
Cinema of Pain: On Quebec's Nostalgic Screen by Liz Czach
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Since the defeat of the pro-sovereigntists in the 1995 Quebec referendum, the loss of a cohesive nationalistic vision in the province has led many Québécois to use their ancestral origins to inject meaning into their everyday lives. A Cinema of Pain argues that this phenomenon is observable in a pervasive sense of nostalgia in Quebec culture and is especially present in the province’s vibrant but deeply wistful cinema.

In Québécois cinema, nostalgia not only denotes a sentimental longing for the bucolic pleasures of bygone French-Canadian traditions, but, as this edited collection suggests, it evokes the etymological sense of the term, which underscores the element of pain (algos) associated with the longing for a return home (nostos).

Whether it is in grandiloquent historical melodramas such as Séraphin: un homme et son péché (Binamé 2002), intimate realist dramas like Tout ce que tu possèdes (Émond 2012), charming art films like C.R.A.Z.Y. (Vallée 2005), or even gory horror movies like Sur le Seuil (Tessier 2003), the contemporary Québécois screen projects an image of shared suffering that unites the nation through a melancholy search for home.

Liz Czach is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. From 1995-2005 she was a programmer of Canadian film at the Toronto International Film Festival. She has contributed essays on Quebec cinema to Transnational Stardom (2013) and Celebrity Cultures in Canada (WLU Press, 2016), amo...
Title:Cinema of Pain: On Quebec's Nostalgic Screen
Product dimensions:259 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.65 in
Shipping dimensions:259 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.65 in
Published:July 29, 2020
Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier University Press
ISBN - 13:9781771124331

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