Journey’s End

  • Canada
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In the far reaches of the Quebec countryside, between a road and a headland that plunges into the sea, an abandoned motel has been converted into a retirement home. In this former travellers’ retreat, time seems to have ground to a halt. La belle visite is an elegiac exploration of old age, set in a place at once physical and allegorical.

Set against the backdrop of the rolling sea and changing seasons, the film takes us inside this microcosm, slowly revealing the workings of a self-contained world. By sharing in the lives of two dozen seniors over the course of five seasons, the viewer is drawn into the pace of old age; rather than providing answers, the film elicits reflection. The scenes unfold as a series of standalone but interlocking tableaux devoid of interviews, narration or music. This rigorous attempt to convey reality steadily builds the film’s tone, a mood between despair and celebration.

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  • Original Title
    La Belle Visite
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jean-François Caissy
  • Cinematography
    Nicolas Canniccioni
  • Editing
    Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
  • Music
    Julien Bilodeau
  • Sound
    Hugo Brochu, Martin Allard
  • Runtime
    80 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • LA BELLE VISITE (Journey’s End) 2009
    • RIDM, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, 2009
    • Color / documentary / 35mm / 80 min.
    • Berlin International Film Festival (Forum), 2010
    • BFI London Film Festival, (UK), 2010
    • Visions du Réel (Nyon), Compétition Internationale Regards Neufs, 2010
    • Hot Docs (Toronto), 2010
    • Mumbai Film Festival (Inde), 2010
    • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (USA), 2010
    • FICFA, Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie,2010
    • Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois, 2010
    • Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (Belgique), 2010
    • Cinéma du Québec à Paris (France), 2010
    • Altantic Film Festival, 2010
    • Calgary International Film Festival, 2010
    • Camden International Film Festival (USA), 2010
    • Festival Cine Premiere, (Pays-Bas), 2010
    • DOXA, Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver 2010
    • Les Percéides, Festival international de cinéma et d'art de Percé,2010
    • Tournée canadienne et québécoise des RVCQ, 2010
    • Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg (Allemagne), 2011
    • Cork French Film Festival (Irlande), 2011
    • Festival International du Documentaire sur la Biodiversité et les Peules Premiers (France), 2011
    • ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival, 2011 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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