101 minutes – Drama
Release date: August 17, 1977
Canadian Distributor: National Film Board of Canada
Set in rural Québec in the 19th century, Joseph-Albert Martin is a photographer who every summer sets out for the countryside with his massive camera, tripod and the chemeicals needed to turn everyday events like portraits, family gatherings, marriages etc., into miniature works of art preserved on glass. This year, however, his strong willed wife, Rose-Aimee Martin, decides to leave home and kids behind to accompany her husband on his annual journey. He does not like it one bit and their neighbours and family are scandalized; in the 19th century no woman would do these things, but Mme. Martin is no ordinary woman. The film tells a story that is both scenic and emotional as their time together on the road brings them closer than when they were at home and helps them revive a stale fifteen year old marriage. “Do you still find me physically attractive,” she timidly asks her deadpan husband. One of the best films ever produced by the NFB what it lacks in plot it makes up for with many rewarding interludes and extraordinary performances from the two leads, especially Mercure who won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. J.A.Martin photographe also won Canadian Film Awards for Feature Film, Director, Actress (Mercure), Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction and Overall Sound.