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Paule Baillargeon

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B: July 19, 1945 in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec

Paule Baillargeon graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1969 and along with Raymond Cloutier and others, co-founded the experimental theatre group Le Grand cirque ordinaire. For several years she participated in writing and performing in its collective creations, which had a marked effect on the theatre of Québec during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Le Grand film ordinaire, which was released in 1971, is a documentary based on the group`s first performance piece. Although disbanned after its second film, her key 1980 film La Cuisine rouge adapted Le Grand cirque’s Brechtian style to a fractured narrative about sexual stereotyping. An established actor, Baillargeon is perhaps best known in English Canada for her role as the gay curator in I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, for which she won a Genie Award. Her handful of directing credits includes the emotionally sensitive documentary about her close friend and colleague Claude Jutra – portrait sur film. Click here to read a review of Claude Jutra – portrait sur film.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Et porquoi pas ? (1969)
Entre tu et vous (1969)

Le grande film ordinaie (1970)
Et du fils (1971)
Réjeamme Padovani (1973)
O ou l’invisible enfant (1973)
Montréal Blues (1973)
Les vautours (1975)
Le temps de ‘avant (1975)
Langes bleus (1975)
Gina (1975)
L’amour blessé (1975)
Le soleil se lève en retard (1976)
La piastre (1976)
East End Hustle (1976)
Panique (1977)
Anastasie, oh! ma cherie (1977)
Vie d’ange (1979)
La cuisine rouge (1979)

Empire Inc. (1981)
Albédo (1982)
La femme de l’hotel (1984)
La dame en couleurs (1984)
Sonia (1986)
I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)
Trois pommes à côté du sommeil (1988)
Quarante et quatre (1988)
Jésus de Montréal (aka Jesus of Montreal, 1989)
Les heures précieuses (1989)

Le petit cheval (1990)
Solo (1991)
Montréal vu par (1991)
Love-moi (1991)
Le complexe d’Édith
Lèassassin jouait du trombone (1991)
Le sexe des étoiles (1993)
Un 32 août sur terre (1998)

Lila (2000)
Claude Jutra, portrait sur film (narrator, 2002)
Le secret de ma mère (2006)
L’ Âge des ténèbres (2007)

Trois temps après la mort d’Anna (2010)

TV Series – Cast:
Rue l’Espérance (1999-2001)

Credits as a Director:
-W indicates also Screenwriter
-P indicates also Producer

La cuisine rouge (1980-W)
Sonia (1986-W)

Solo (1991)
Le complexe d’Édith (1991)
Le sexe des étoiles (1993)

Jean-Pierre Perreault – Giant Steps (2000)
Claude Jutra, portrait sur film (2002)

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, movie poster
This poster for I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection