Archive of films Camion / Camion
2012, 95 min
Section: Official Selection - Competition
Widower Germain is an experienced truck driver. One day he becomes involved in an automobile accident that leaves an unknown woman dead. From that moment on he spirals into depression. The movie excels for captivating camerawork and formal and narrative purity. And although the protagonists rush into difficult situations, the film never stoops to false, pathetic sentiment, while still addressing life’s most basic issues.
Sixty-year-old widower Germain is an experienced truck driver. One day he becomes involved in an automobile accident which, although it isn’t his fault, leaves an unknown woman dead. From that moment on his life dramatically changes. Germain falls deeper into depression, life has no meaning for him anymore. Upset by what’s happening, his younger son Samuel decides to enlist brother Alain’s help in coaxing their father out of his misery, but the brothers have problems of their own. The characters of this subtle family drama are so skillfully constructed, their behavior so spontaneous, that their closeness and reciprocity can be physically felt and understood. Rafaël Ouellet succeeded in elevating his unobtrusive, "ordinary” figures into heroes battling against fate’s momentary disfavor. The French-Canadian movie Camion excels for spot-on camerawork and formal and narrative purity. And although the protagonists rush into difficult situations, the film never stoops to false, pathetic sentiment, while still addressing life’s most basic issues.
About the director
Rafaël Ouellet (b. 1974, Degelis, Québec) studied radio and television production. He later worked for several years for television before working on the film Drifting States as an editor in 2004, and in 2006 as a cameraman on the film Our Private Lives by director Denise Côté. His short films include Dans le noir (2003), Przeprowadzka (2003), Film dans un Sauna (2003), Face B (2004), and Dans l’est (2005). He not only directed his feature debut Le cèdre penché (2007), he also wrote, edited, and produced it; and the film won the audience award at Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québecois. In 2008 he shot Derrière moi, presented in the competition at the IFF in San Sebastian. He then shot New Denmark (2009), which was screened at Karlovy Vary in the Forum of Independents competition in its world premiere.
About the film
|Section:||Official Selection - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Geneviève Perron|
|Music:||Viviane Audet, Robin-Joël Cool|
|Production:||Coop Vidéo de Montréal|
|Cast:||Julien Poulin, Patrice Dubois, Stéphane Breton|
|Contact:||Coop Vidéo de Montréal|
Producer, Film Director