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Paula is a portrait in the style of the great painters of the Renaissance, a moment in history when painters had abandoned their religious inclinations to focus on humanity. In Paula, humanity is precarious. She alternates between pleasure and pain, and laboriously attempts to keep herself together.

Original language
No dialogue

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Credits

Direction
Luc Courchesne
Cast
Paule Ducharme
Photography
Luc Courchesne
Jason Levy
Sound
Pierre L’abbé
Production
Luc Courchesne

Technical information

Color
Color
Image format
4:3
Sound
Mono
Shooting format
16 mm

Documentation

Further information

"For six minutes, we see Paula’s face in slow-motion, accompanied by diverse cries and echolalia. The particularity of this film derives from the fact that, shot in 16mm colour, the video camera captures images directly from the screen of the monitor, producing a slightly pulsating image, while the slow motion holds the image at the outer limits of movement and immortality. In the end, the film has a great power and is poetically evocative, as if the fragility of the almost freeze-frame film-video image reproduction evoked the fragility of life itself".

GAGNON, Jean. "La présence américaine au festival: Le langage vidéo from Boston", Le Devoir, Montreal, (October 26, 1984), p. 6.

Keywords
Portrait, Photography, Fragility