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L'ombre fragile des choses - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB542527
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Yves Bisaillon, Jacques Giraldeau
Directors:  Jacques Giraldeau
Producing Agencies:  Grand angle films enr. (Montreal), National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Arts, Documentary, Social Issues
Language:  French
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2007
Running Time:  124:26
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Jacques Giraldeau's The Fleeting Shadow of Things invites us on a journey, a variation on carefully crafted memories tracing a remarkable bridge between "once" and "from now on." It is a delicate work of filmic art, unfolding in a mosaic of keepsakes and images gathered in the course of a lifetime. In it, we follow the enigmatic Évariste Quesnel from Cuba to Île-aux-Grues, but he eludes us, leaving only the footprint of where he has been - an invitation to meditate on and learn to read those places. Criss-crossing these fragments of yesterday and today, now abandoned to memory - diary, film, painting, letter, questioning our relationship with these shadows, the filmmaker posits art as the archives of real life, a place where the crumbling of time is, somehow, stopped.

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