He sells his soul to the Devil as his last hope to see his lover again
Lavaltrie, 1888. Jos Lebel and Liza Gilbert are lovers. But Liza has a debt she knows nothing about. 22 years ago her father made an occult deal… he broke.
So today the sinister Jack Murphy is coming to town determined to get his due… Very soon, a suspicious fire forces Jos to return to the lumber camps; Bois-Joli, the notary, is prowling around…and winter has arrived.
The camp is cursed. Without any news from her lover, Liza is overwhelmed by doubt that grows like gangrene. Will Jos succeed in leaving the lumber camps and defeat the evil powers scheming? His last hope, his ultimate recourse is perhaps lying with…. a last Flying Canoe.
You have to love the idea behind Chasse-Galerie: La Légende. Director Jean-Philippe Duval and screenwriter Guillaume Vigneault have crafted the first big-screen interpretation of a classic Québécois legend that was passed down orally from generation to generation and finally written in book form over 100 years ago by Honoré Beaugrand (…)
What’s interesting in Duval and Vigneault’s adaptation is that they go for a gritty, realistic portrait of life in rural 19th-century Quebec, not unlike the recent HBO-style Radio-Canada series Les Pays d’en haut, which captures life here in the early part of the last century. There are fantasy sequences with the canoe zipping through the sky, but other than that, the focus in Chasse-Galerie is on making this look as true to life as possible (…)
Who’s behind this nefarious deed? It turns out to be a chap named Jack Murphy (François Papineau), a debonair fellow who speaks with a faint English accent. (Of course he does. Quebec culture has a bit of a history of anglo bad guys, so it’s only fair that the devil has a hint of a Westmount accent!)
Brendan Kelly (Montreal Gazette)
With Tyrone Savage (Director) and James Smith (Musical Director)
A Q&A only in English will follow.
Biographical Notes: Wild Run: The Legend
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