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Pea Soup is an ethnographic video on the Quebecois tribe. It's a collage and a jig-saw puzzle in which sounds and images box themselves one inside the other, rendering a portrait of a people. Photos, texts and scenes of diverse places constitute the material of this fragmented and virulent criticism of Quebec's social and cultural differences. In the end, it is a document on "Pea Soups" the world over.

Original language
French

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Credits

Direction
Pierre Falardeau
Julien Poulin
Production
Pierre Falardeau
Julien Poulin
Vidéographe

Technical information

Color
Black and white
Sound
Mono

Documentation

Further information

"In 1972, when you began shooting Pea Soup, did you feel you were taking on a big job? First of all, it was your first feature-length film...

I remember telling myself at the time that it was the work of my life! The day after the NFB refused us a 16mm camera, we changed course and began shooting in Westmount with a video camera. The film took several years to shoot, you know; it came out in 1978. Sometimes, for several long weeks at a time, we wondered what to shoot and found our ideas in current events. Or we said to ourselves: "We have to go film in factories"; so we looked in the phone book. We found our boot factory on Ontario Street, right nearby. We introduced ourselves as students from some university with a research assignment on footwear. And we got permission to shoot there for a whole week."

LA FRANCE, Mireille. Pierre Falardeau Persiste et filme, Montreal, Éditions de l'Hexagone, 1999. [http://www.pierrefalardeau.com/content/view/35/1/] (6 October 2009)

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Keywords
Essay, Community, Portrait, Critic