The Long Winter (1999 film)

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Quand je serai parti...
vous vivrez encore
Quand je serai parti (poster).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michel Brault
Produced by Anouk Brault
Claudio Luca
Written by Michel Brault
Starring Francis Reddy
David Boutin
Micheline Lanctôt
Claude Gauthier
Music by François Dompierre
Cinematography Sylvain Brault
Edited by Daniel Arié
Release date
  • March 13, 1999 (1999-03-13)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Canada
Language French

The Long Winter (French title: Quand je serai parti... vous vivrez encore) is a 1999 Quebec historical drama film. Directed by Michel Brault, it is a partly fictionalized account of the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837 and 1838 which sought to make Lower Canada, now Quebec, a republic independent from the British Empire.


It features the fictional character of François-Xavier Bouchard and the factual character of François-Marie-Thomas Chevalier de Lorimier. The music was composed by François Dompierre. Film director Pierre Falardeau says that Telefilm Canada initially used the approval of Brault's movie as an excuse to deny funds for the movie February 15, 1839. This incited him to write a second Elvis Gratton movie instead.

The main protagonist is Patriote François-Xavier Bouchard. The latter comes back to Lower Canada in the autumn of 1838 after having escaped to the United States (as a number of Patriotes did indeed), after the first uprising, in that year. As soon as he returns, despite the exhortations of his family, he joins François-Marie-Thomas Chevalier de Lorimier for another attempt. Following a hasty trial, Bouchard, Chevalier de Lorimier and others are sentenced to death.



  • Comedian Bruno Blanchet shot scenes for the film, but they were cut.

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