124 minutes – Drama Release date: March 29, 1973 Production company: Les Productions Carle-Lamy Limitée, Société Parc Film Canadian distributor: National Film Board of Canada US distributor: New Line Cinema
Based on the novel by Anne Hébert, who cowrote the screenplay, Kamouraska opens as Élisabeth d’Aulnières (Geneviève Bujold) is at the deathbed of her second husband (Cuvelier). She relives her past through a series of flashbacks, telling the story of how her love affair with an American doctor (Jordan) led to the murder of her first husband (Léotard), the brutish seigneur of Kamouraska. This lush period piece with a touch of David Lean had a big budget (at one million dollars it was the most expensive Canadian feature of its time) but received only lukewarm praise by the critics and died at the box office. Bujold, in one of her most demanding roles, convincingly plays a naive young woman in some scenes and a woman decades older in others.
Kamouraska won Canadian Film Awards for Actress (Bujold), Supporting Actress (Bernard), Art Direction, Special Award.
François Barbeau Gabriel Contant (Set Decoration) Jocelyn Joly (Set Decoration)
Geneviève Bujold Richard Jordan Marcel Cuvelier Philippe Léotard Suzie Baillargeon Huguette Oligny Camille Bernard Janine Sutto Olivette Thibault Marie Fresnières Colette Cortois Gigi Duckett Marcel Marineau Len Watt Rita Lafontaine André Cailloux Émile Genest Françoise Berd Gilles Latulippe Denise Proulx Serge L’Italien Jean-Louis Paris Alexandre Gauvreau Marie-Thérèse Beaulieu Monique Bélisle Monique Champagne Anne-Marie Ducharme Yvon Leroux Marthe Nadeau Yan Barcelo Yvon Barrette Gaétane Bélanger Germaine Bougie Yolande Bourguignon Dominique Brunet Jean Brunet Lyne Champagne Nini Durand J. Léo Gagnon Pat Gagnon Claude Gai Amulette Garneau Paul Gauthier Paul Gélinas Nettie Harris Madeleine Langlois Priscilla Lapointe Jean Mathieu Michel Milleret Thérèse Morange Jean Scheler Marc Saugavinski Steve Talbot Yvette Thuot Gisèle Trépanier André Vézina Véronique Vilbert
Élisabeth d’Aulnières Georges Nelson Jérôme Antoine Tassy Aurélie The mother of Élisabeth The mother of Antoine Aunt Aunt Aunt Florida Anne-Marie Greffier, doctor The Governor A servant Ernest Aubergiste His wife Clermont Victoire Assistant Paul Hus The priest Dame au thé The girl who laughs Hostess at St-Ours Lady with tea Policeman Lady with tea