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|Directed by||Claude Jutra|
|Produced by||Mag Bodard
|Written by||Claude Jutra|
|Screenplay by||Anne Hébert|
|Music by||Maurice Leroux|
|Edited by||Renée Lichtig|
France Cinéma Productions
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Running time||124 minutes|
The film is set in rural Québec in the 1830s.
Élisabeth is at the deathbed of her second husband Jérôme recounting her past, conveyed through a series of flashbacks; her first marriage to Antoine, the brutish Seigneur of Kamouraska, and her ensuing love affair with a loyalist American doctor George Nelson which leads to the brutal murder of Antoine, her trial for complicity and acquittal, her loveless marriage to Jérôme to save her honour.
- Geneviève Bujold as Élisabeth d'Aulnières
- Richard Jordan as Georges Nelson
- Philippe Léotard as Antoine Tassy
- Marcel Cuvelier as Jérôme Rolland
- Huguette Oligny as the mother of Élisabeth
- Camille Bernard as the mother of Antoine
- Janine Sutto as Tante
- Olivette Thibault as Tante
- Marie Fresnières as Tante
- Suzie Baillargeon as Aurélie
- Colette Cortois as Florida
- Gigi Duckett as Anne-Marie
- Marcel Marineau as Greffier, médecin
- Len Watt as Le gouverneur
Production and release
A slow-moving but beautiful film shot by cinematographer Michel Brault, it cost nearly $1 million, making it the most expensive Canadian film to date. Poorly reviewed by critics (it was edited to accommodate theatre owners; a two-hour restored version shows more artistic coherence), it was a modest commercial success in Canada and was not a major release in France and the United States.
Henry Herx gave it a mixed review in his Family Guide to Movies on Video: "[T]he movie captures a vanished era, has excellent acting and the beauty of its settings[,] but its story of hot passion in a cold climate is heavily melodramatic."
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