Les Filles de Caleb

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Les Filles de Caleb
Les Filles de Caleb.JPG
Created byJean Beaudin
Written byArlette Cousture
Directed byJean Beaudin
StarringMarina Orsini
Roy Dupuis
Germain Houde
Véronique Le Flaguais
Pierre Curzi
Theme music composerRichard Grégoire
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)French
No. of episodes20
Editor(s)Pierre Thériault
Running time1 hour
Original networkRadio-Canada
Original release1990-1991
Followed byBlanche (1993)

Les Filles de Caleb is a Quebec TV series of 20 one-hour episodes, created by Jean Beaudin, based on the eponymous novel of Arlette Cousture,[1][2] broadcast in 1990 on Radio-Canada[3] and repeated in 2006 on Prise 2.[4][5] An English-language version was also produced and broadcast in English Canada on CBC Television under the name Emilie.


The series is set in the rural Mauricie region in the Province of Quebec at the end of the 19th century and through the beginning of the 20th century. Émilie, daughter of Caleb Bordeleau, decides to pursue her education. She faces great opposition from her small-minded entourage, but succeeds at becoming a school teacher. She falls in love with one of her students, the adventurer Ovila Pronovost, and is torn between her vocation and her love for him. The Bordeleau and Pronovost families worry about the alliance of these two lovers of such difficult to reconcile passions. After their marriage, they move to the town of Shawinigan and have many children. Ovila, restless and always attracted by wide open spaces, leaves the family to go up North to the Abitibi region, recently opened to colonisation, for opportunities to hunt and lumberjack. Émilie chooses to stay and bring up their family on her own.



  1. ^ W.H. New. A History of Canadian Literature. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP; 6 August 2003. ISBN 978-0-7735-7136-5. p. 344–.
  2. ^ Adamson, Judith. "Nostalgia for a simpler Quebec". Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont. Jan 09, 1993 F.14
  3. ^ Elspeth Probyn. Outside Belongings. Routledge; 22 December 2015. ISBN 978-1-317-95880-2. p. 159–.
  4. ^ Sharing the Blessings. Médiaspaul; 1996. ISBN 978-2-89420-315-6. p. 111–.
  5. ^ David L. Pike. Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World. University of Toronto Press; 6 December 2012. ISBN 978-1-4426-9832-1. p. 162–.

External links[edit]