Une saison dans la vie d’Emmanuel 1973
1h 37min | Drama | 1973
A Season in the Life of Emmanuel, a newborn who witnesses the drastic changes a French family experiences in a brief period of time.
French Canadian arthouse at its most pointlessly miserable. This tells the tale of an extended poor and miserable family with 16 kids led by a miserable matriarch grandmother who blames everyone for everything. One kid is an intellectual poet seemingly inspired by Rimbaud whose world goes out of control, there is incest and homosexuality, a girl with mystical aspirations abused by nuns who then finds herself suddenly working as a prostitute, there’s suicide, boorish angry illiteracy, a homosexual abusive pervert caregiver in charge of the young boys, death, arson, accidental mutilation, abusive religion, juvenile jail, and other pointless acts of misery and violence. All of this is told in an unusually poetic, artistic and non-linear cinematic style peppered with provocative, wild and deranged poetry as well as surreal imagery during a death scene that make the movie only a little more interesting than it really is
Director: Claude Weisz
Writers: Marie-Claire Blais (novel), Claude Weisz (adaptation)
Stars: Germaine Montero, Claude Richard, Hélène Darche