Kamouraska (film)

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Film poster
Directed by Claude Jutra
Produced by Mag Bodard
Pierre Lamy
Written by Claude Jutra
Screenplay by Anne Hébert
Starring Geneviève Bujold
Richard Jordan
Philippe Léotard
Music by Maurice Leroux
Cinematography Michel Brault
Edited by Renée Lichtig
France Cinéma Productions
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
  • March 29, 1973 (1973-03-29) (Canada)
Running time
124 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Kamouraska is a 1973 Québécois film directed by Claude Jutra, based on the novel by Anne Hébert, who also worked as screenwriter. It won four Canadian Film Awards, for Best Actress (Geneviève Bujold), Best Supporting Actress (Camille Bernard), Art Direction and a Special Award.


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.


Production and release[edit]

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.[1]

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."[2]


  1. ^ "Kamouraska". Film Reference Library. 2003. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  2. ^ Herx, Henry (1988). "Kamouraska". The Family Guide to Movies on Video. The Crossroad Publishing Company. p. 142 (pre-release version). ISBN 0-8245-0816-5. 

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