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La plante humaine - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB527721
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Yves Leduc, Freddy Denaës
Directors:  Pierre Hébert
Producing Agencies:  Arcadia Films (Paris), National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Consumer Studies, Experimental, Fiction, Media Literacy, Religious Studies, Social Issues
Language:  French
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1996
Running Time:  118:05
Closed Captions:  Yes

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This meditative film combines animation and live action as it follows a day in the life of a retired librarian. The Gulf War is raging, but Michel's life proceeds at its own pace. Widowed and alone, he fills his day with the simplest of tasks: feeding and walking his dog, shopping, laying flowers at his wife's grave. Yet these simple gestures belie the internal workings of his mind. Michel's life teems with information and images. There is a book on Leonardo da Vinci and another of fables and legends as well as the omnipresent television with its news reports, documentaries and cooking shows. How does one make sense of it all? How does Michel? In French, with English subtitles.

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