86 min., documentary, Québec, Canada, 2023
Directed byCatherine Martin
Produced byLes Films de l'Autre - Catherine Martin
LanguagesFrench, Japanese
Short descriptionA meditative state of wonder where the fleeting beauty of shadows evokes our place in the world, the passage of time, and the very essence of life and its fragility.
Film subjects Arts & Culture , Asia

Film details


Junichiro Tanizaki’s literary essay In Praise of Shadows, light and dark, and the origins of photography and cinema are among the strands interwoven in this “cinematic meditation” in three chapters. Fleeting shadows ebb and flow in a glistening half-light, an enchanted dreamlike state that reflects on our place in the world, the passage of time, and the very essence of life and its fragility.



Script writer : Catherine Martin

Cinematography : Catherine Martin

Additionnal images : Mathieu Laverdière, Jean Fugazza

Editing : Catherine Martin

Sound design : Simon Gervais
Sound mix : Stéphane Bergeron

Music : Robert Marcel Lepage

Sound recording : Catherine Martin

Narration : Catherine Martin, Robert Lepage


Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin was born in Québec. She writes and directs all her films, fictions as well as documentaries. Her films have been shown at numerous international festivals (Berlin, Toronto, Oberhausen, Nyon, Buenos Aires, Karlovy Vary, etc.) and won awards in Canada and abroad. Since 2016, she does her own camerawork, sound recordind and picture editing, acting as a producer and director of her documentary essays.




Feature films
• Une jeune fille (A Journey), 85 min, 2013
• Trois temps après la mort d’Anna (Mourning for Anna), 87 min, 2010
• Dans les villes (In the Cities), 87 min, 2006
• Mariages (Marriages), 95 min, 2001


Documentaries and documentary essays
Éloge de l’ombre (In Praise of Shadows), 86 minutes, 2023
Certains de mes amis (Some of my Friends), 115 min, 2017
L’esprit des lieux (The Spirit of Places), 84 min, 2006
Océan (Ocean), 50 min, 2002
• Les dames du 9e (The Ladies of the 9th Floor), 50 min, 1998


Short and medium length fictions or film essays
• Les fins de semaine (Weekends), 30 min, 1995
• L’ombre (The Shadow), 15 min, 1992
• Nuits d’Afrique, 48 min,1990
• Odile ou réminiscences d’un voyage, 23 min, 1985
• De temps et d’eau, 2 min., 2011
• Quand j’aurai vu les îles, 14 min, 2010
• Alice, 30 sec, 2007