Maria Chapdelaine

10

107 minutes – Drama
Language: French
Release date: April 27, 1983
Production company: Astral Bellevue Pathé, Société Radio-Canada, TF1 Films Production
Canadian Distributor: Astral Films

Based on Louis Hémon’s bestselling novel, Maria Chapdelaine is set in the early years of the twentieth century and focuses on a beautiful young woman who dreams of an easier life than the one she must endure living with her parents and siblings on a remote farm in harsh, picturesque Lac St-John region of Quebec. She has three suitors: a steady and unimaginative farmer, Eutrope, the Americanized and wealthy Lorenzo, who has sought his fortune in Boston, and François Paradis (Nick Mancuso), a rough and virile logger who captures her heart despite the warnings of her parents and the village priest. For a year, marked by seasonal change in an atmosphere charged with the strangeness of Indians and the demons of the woods, we see Maria at work and prayer, struggling with decisions, choosing to stay in Canada, in love with François, seeking to change his rough behaviours, and dealing with extraordinary loss.




Maria Chapdelaine was nominated for 11 Genie Awards including Best Picture, and won awards for Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design and Original Score at the 5th Genie Awards in 1984.


Also see: The 2020 version of this classic Québec story, Maria Chapdelaine.

Maria Chapdelaine, 1983 movie, poster,
Crew:

Producer:

Murray Shostak
Robert Baylis

Director:

Gilles Carle

Screenwriter:

Gilles Carle
Guy Fournier

Cinematographer:

Pierre Mignot
Richard Leiterman

Editor:

Avdé Chiriaeff
Michel Arcand

Composer:

Lewis Furey

Production Designer:

Jocelyn Joly

Costume Designer:

Blanche Boileau
Michèle Hamel

Cast:Roles:

Carole Laure
Nick Mancuso
Claude Rich
Amulette Garneau
Yoland Guérard
Pierre Curzi
Donald Lautrec
Gilbert Sicotte
Guy Thauvette
Stéphane Quéry
Josée-Anne Fortin
Louis-Philippe Milot
Gilbert Comptois
Patrick Messe
Claude Evrard
Claude Berval
Guy Godin
Marie Tifo
Jean-Pierre Masson
Dominique Briand
Claude Prégent
Angèle Arsenault
Jean Ricard
Guy L’Ecuyer
Rolland Bédard
Raoul Duguay
Michel Rivard
Gilles Valiquette
Michel Langevin
Cédric Noël
José Ledoux
Renée Girard
Rock Demers
Yvon Sarrazin
Claude Trudel
Jean-Pierre Rhéaume
Georges Levchtouk
Gilbert Moore

Maria Chapdelaine
François Paradis
Curé Cordelier
Laura Chapdelaine
Samuel
Eutrope Gagnon
Lorenzo Surprenant
Da’Bé Chapdelaine
Esdras
Tit-Be
Alma-Rose Chapdelaine
Télesphore Chapdelaine
Edwidge Légaré
Canayen Corneau
Caumartin
Éphrem Surprenant
Minoune
Marie-Ange
Tit-Sèbe
Leroy
Arpenteur
Aubergiste
Notaire
Capitaine
Bedeau
Crieur
Médecin
Bûcheron déserteur
Pierre Caumartin
Edmond Caumartin
Oncle Bouchard
Tante Bouchard
Homme au cheval
Commis
Aide-cuisinier
Aide-cuisinier
Bûcheron
Abatteur de chevaux