Kamouraska (1973)


Kamouraska (1973)

Quebec, the 1830s and 1840s. As she attends the bedside of Jérôme, her second husband, Élisabeth recalls her youth, her marriage to her first husband, Antoine, life in remote Kamouraska where he is seigneur, their love dissolving in his mental illness and cruelties, her falling in love with an American physician, Georges Nelson, and the aftermath of Antoine's violent death.
IMDb   7.7 /10
TheMovieDb    6.5 /10
Director Claude Jutra
Writer Anne Hébert
Writer Claude Jutra
Release Date1973-03-29
Runtime2h 4mins
GenreDrama, History
Content RatingR (R)
Awards4 wins.
CompanyCanadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC), France Cinéma Productions, Les Productions Carle-Lamy
CountryFrance, Canada
LanguageFrench, English
Georges Nelson
Marcel Cuvelier
Marcel Cuvelier
Suzie Baillargeon
Suzie Baillargeon
Huguette Oligny
Huguette Oligny
La mère d'Élisabeth
Marie Fresnières
Marie Fresnières
Camille Bernard
Camille Bernard
La mère d'Antoine
Colette Cortois
Colette Cortois
Gigi Duckett
Gigi Duckett
Marcel Marineau
Marcel Marineau
Greffier, médecin
Len Watt
Len Watt
Le gouverneur

Kamouraska (film)

Kamouraska is a 1973 Québécois film directed by Claude Jutra, based on the novel by Anne Hébert, who also worked as screenwriter. It won four Canadian Film Awards, for Best Actress (Geneviève Bujold), Best Supporting Actress (Camille Bernard), Art Direction and a Special Award.


The film is set in rural Québec in the 1830s.

Élisabeth at the deathbed of her second husband, Jérôme, isrecounting her past, which is conveyed through a series of flashbacks; her first marriage to Antoine, the brutish seigneur of Kamouraska, and her ensuing love affair with a Loyalist American doctor, George Nelson, which leads to the brutal murder of Antoine; her trial for complicity and acquittal; and her loveless marriage to Jérôme to save her honour.


  • Geneviève Bujold as Élisabeth d'Aulnières
  • Richard Jordan as Georges Nelson
  • Philippe Léotard as Antoine Tassy
  • Marcel Cuvelier as Jérôme Rolland
  • Huguette Oligny as the mother of Élisabeth
  • Camille Bernard as the mother of Antoine
  • Janine Sutto as Tante
  • Olivette Thibault as Tante
  • Marie Fresnières as Tante
  • Suzie Baillargeon as Aurélie
  • Colette Cortois as Florida
  • Gigi Duckett as Anne-Marie
  • Marcel Marineau as Greffier, médecin
  • Len Watt as Le gouverneur

Production and release

A slow-moving but beautiful film shot by cinematographer Michel Brault, it cost nearly $1 million, making it the most expensive Canadian film to date. Poorly reviewed by critics (it was edited to accommodate theatre owners; a two-hour restored version shows more artistic coherence), it was a modest commercial success in Canada and was not a major release in France and the United States.

Henry Herx gave it a mixed review in his Family Guide to Movies on Video: "he movie captures a vanished era, has excellent acting and the beauty of its settings but its story of hot passion in a cold climate is heavily melodramatic."