Journey (1972 film)

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Directed by Paul Almond
Produced by Paul Almond
Written by Paul Almond
Starring Geneviève Bujold
John Vernon
Beata Hartig
Meg Hogarth
Music by Luke Gibson
Cinematography Jean Boffety
Edited by Honor Griffith
James Mitchell
Release date
1972 (Canada)
Running time
88 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Journey is a 1972 Canadian film written, directed and produced by Paul Almond.


Journey is the allegorical story of a young woman's struggle - outside the normal framework of space and time - to find herself.

Found drifting down the Saguenay River, half-drowned and clinging to a log, a woman (Geneviève Bujold) is rescued by Boulder (John Vernon), who carries her to Undersky, his commune in the Quebec wilderness. Named after the river from which she was saved, Saguenay is haunted by memories of her past and remains unresponsive for days, drifting in and out of consciousness. She gradually becomes aware of the life going on around her and begins to explore it. But she senses she has brought ill fortune to this community and fears something in her past has doomed her and all who know her. Finally, she journeys back up the river to confront the nightmare of her past. By doing so, she breaks through to the present and arrives at the mouth of the river.


This is Paul Almond's last film in his trilogy with Bujold that began with Isabel (1968) and The Act of the Heart (1970), obscure and complex, it is considered the weakest of the trilogy, lacking the passion of the first two. Poorly received, it was a box-office failure and ended Almond's attempt to create art film in Québec.[1]

It was featured in the Canadian Cinema television series which aired on CBC Television in 1974.[2]


  1. ^ "Journey". Film Reference Library. 2003. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  2. ^ Corcelli, John (August 2005). "Canadian Cinema". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 

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