80 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2009
Directed byJean-François Caissy
Produced byLes Films de l’autre
LanguagesFrench, English
Short descriptionAn abandoned motel converted into a retirement home sets the stage for an elegiac exploration of life and ageing.
Film subjects Old Age , Rural Life
Regis du cinemas, general

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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

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.


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


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




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)


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
Nomination for Best Documentary Toronto
Official Selection Toronto
BFI London 2010
Official Selection London