JOURNEY’S END

80 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2009
Directed byJean-François Caissy
Produced byLes Films de l’autre
LanguageFrench/English
Short descriptionAn abandoned motel converted into a retirement home sets the stage for an elegiac exploration of life and ageing.

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Press reviews

It’s a powerful, affecting experience. Kenton Smith, Uptown Magazine Journey's End beautifully illustrates the unique patience, subdued humour and poignancy that are possible only in the last stages of our lives. The Uniter

Film details

Synopsis
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. Journey’s end 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.

 

Credits
Script and Direction : Jean-François Caissy
Direction pf Photography : Nicolas Canniccioni
Editing : Mathieu Bouchard-Malo

Sound Editing : Hugo Brochu, Martin Allard
Music : Julien Bilodeau

Sound Mixing : Serge Boivin (onf)

Production : Les Films de l’autre

in collaboration with : Maria films

 

Financial Partners

SODEC

Conseil des Arts du Canada
Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec

ONF

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Director

Jean-François Caissy

Jean-François Caissy, born in the village of Carleton-sur-Mer in Quebec, is an independent filmmaker and visual artist. His first documentary was the critically acclaimed La saison des amours (Mating Season) (2005). As an artist-in-residence for Les Films de L’Autre, he then directed La belle visite (Journey’s End) (2009), the first of his films to earn him international attention. It premiered at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, won Best Documentary at FICFA and was selected for numerous festivals around the world, including the BFI London Film Festival, Visions du Réel and Hot Docs. Trained as a photographer, Caissy is also a visual artist, and has had several gallery showings of his work. More recently, his video installation Derby was shown at the Centre Clark in Montreal and at the Galerie Espace F in Matane, Quebec. Guidelines (2014), his third documentary feature, was screened at the 64th Berlinale, won the “World Pulse Award” at IndieLisboa in Portugal and was presented at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC as part of the “MoMA Presents Series”. It was his first collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.

 

Filmography

 

Premières armes (2018 / 106 min)
Guidelines (2014 / 76 min)
La belle visite (Journey’s End) (2009 / 80 min)
La saison des amours (Mating Season) (2005 / 72 min)

Screenings archive

Cinéma moderne
Wednesday 16 January, 2019 MONTREAL

Awards

Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québecois
Jury's Special Mention, Most Promissing Documentary Montreal
FICFA Festival International du cinéma francophone en Acadie
Best Documentary Moncton, Canada
Vision du réel
International Competition, Regards neufs Nyon, Switzerland
JUTRA & GENIE 2011
Nomination for Best Documentary Toronto
hotDOCS
Official Selection Toronto
BFI London 2010
Official Selection London