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The Black Squirrel

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You may think you know Ottawa, until you see it transfigured under the loving but provocative gaze of well-known Francophone writer Daniel Poliquin. In his novels, the national capital metamorphoses, like the dreaded rat that supposedly changed into the city's ubiquitous black squirrel in a bid to win our affection. Transporting us into Poliquin's unique world, this surprising film reveals another Ottawa through the dreams and desires of his characters--portrayed by Poliquin himself in scenes playfully recreated from his novels. Alternating reality and fiction, The Black Squirrel deconstructs old myths and invents new legends. In French with English subtitles.

1999, 57 min 52 s

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