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The Broken Thread

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In this poetic meditation on the passing of time, a man explores his family history as a declaration of love to his mother. Michel Langlois (Lettre à mon père, Cap Tourmente) has no children. He is the end of the line, the last link in the family chain. Travelling between Quebec and France, past and present, dream and reality, Langlois climbs the family tree, breathing life into long-dead relatives, particularly the men who have influenced him. Using archival photos, re-enactments and documentary footage, Langlois in a way fathers his own child, a powerful, mature film commemorating lives lived. At the same time, he finds deep meaning in his existential quest and strengthens his link both to his own family and to the family of man.

2002, 49 min 43 s

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