Between Salt and Sweet Water
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.
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.
- Claude Gauthier - Claude Tremblay
- Geneviève Bujold - Geneviève
- Paul Gauthier - Roger Tremblay
- Denise Bombardier - Denyse
- Robert Charlebois - Ti-Paul
- Louise Latraverse - Aude, la soeur de Claude
- Gérald Godin - Steve
- Reggie Chartrand - Réginald
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.
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