Between Salt and Sweet Water

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Between Salt and Sweet Water (Entre la mer et l'eau douce), also known as Drifting Upstream, is a 1967 Québécois film directed by Michel Brault, co-written by Brault, Gérald Godin, Marcel Dubé, Claude Jutra and Denys Arcand.

The film also features boxer Ronald Jones in a small role. Jones was one of the subjects of Gilles Groulx's 1961 documentary Golden Gloves.[1]


Claude (Claude Gauthier) leaves his small town on the Côte-Nord to go to Montreal, where he works several odd jobs and eventually falls in love with Geneviève (Geneviève Bujold), a pretty waitress who works in a local diner. Claude enters a singing contest that launches his career. As he gradually becomes more well known, he has a brief affair with a married woman and breaks up with Geneviève. He returns to his hometown but nothing seems the same. Back in Montreal, he becomes increasingly more successful as a singer. One night he meets Geneviève backstage, only to learn she is now married, and realizes one can be as lonely in a small town as in a big city.


Additional information[edit]

This film has also been released under the following titles:

  • Entre la mer et l'eau douce - Canada (original title)
  • Zwischen den Welten - Austria (TV title) / East Germany (TV title) / West Germany (TV title)
  • Between Sweet and Salt Water - International (English title)
  • Drifting Upstream - Canada (English title)
  • Mellan hav och stilla vatten - Sweden


Evocative and engaging, Entre la mer et l'eau douce is widely regarded as Michel Brault's most poetic and richly complex film.[2]


  1. ^ Marshall, Bill (2000-10-10). Quebec National Cinema. McGill-Queen's University Press. p. 74. ISBN 0-7735-2116-X. 
  2. ^ "Between Salt and Sweet Water". Film Reference Library. 2003. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 

External links[edit]

Between Salt and Sweet Water at the Internet Movie Database