Le Bal des Anguilles : contes sinueux
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This video, in a series of poetic scenes, shows men and women upon whom banality has not yet taken hold. Agile as fishers of eels, they capture the fleeting moments of daily life and transform them into extraordinary events. Storytellers in a broad sense, and without the usual pipes or rocking chairs, they sweep us off our feet in a strange waltz. Throughout, we meet a hotel keeper who takes in a sailor in distress, a man pursued by a little cloud of odour, a woman who believes that she possesses a magic ring, etc.

1992
Canada
68:00
Original language
French

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Credits

Direction
Charles Guilbert
Serge Murphy
Cast
Raymonde April
Sylvie Bienjonetti
Andrée Blais
Pierre Bourgault-Legros
Yvon Gallant
Pierre Gosselin
Marcel Michaud
Mérielle Paradis
François Bertrand
Marjolaine Bérubé
Patrick Lafond
Yvon Moreau
Danielle Sauvé
Assistant Director
Michel Grou
Photography
Michel Grou
Jean-Pierre St-Louis
André Turpin
Sound
Michel Grou
Gilles Corbeil
Editing
Michel Grou
Music
Patrick Lafond
Production
Les Productions du Soir peigné

Technical information

Color
Color
Image format
4:3
Sound
Stereo
Shooting format
Betacam SP

Documentation

Further information

Commentary by Nicole Gingras, Curator

Some of us are more adept storytellers than others, better at exposition and portrayal. This video presents a parade of portraits, tableaux loaded with unique destinies. These meandering narratives talk about food, sex, sickness and death-punctuated with scenes of eel fishing. Those fascinating interludes keep the whole waltz in motion.

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Keywords
Story, Speech, Poetry, Imagination