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Le Dortoir

Brilliant film adaptation of the highly acclaimed dance drama.

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Directed by François Girard
Produced by Rhombus Media

This highly acclaimed dance drama is an adaptation of the stage production Le Dortoir, which played to sold-out houses in North America and Europe. It is set in a long-deserted Catholic school dormitory, and in the mind of a former student who remembers the joy, repression and anger he experienced there during the 1960s. It's a disturbing chronicle of fleeting impressions told through dance, music and images that range from the erotic to the violent. The combination of religious authority, sexual repression and political radicalism that infiltrated the school during that decade are the incendiary elements, which infuse the production with a mixture of high romanticism and gritty urban toughness.

Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1993     Copyright Date: 1991
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-740-X     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-500-7

"A mix of athletic movement, music and poetic text that brilliantly creates a portrait of adolescence, both in its dreams and nightmares."
The Globe and Mail

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Le Dortoir

"As moody and quirky as a 'Twin Peaks' episode and as bristly with arresting images as a rock video." The Ottawa Citizen

Awards and Festivals
Best Performing Arts, International EMMY Awards
Gold Plaque Award, Chicago International Film Festival
Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
Gold Apple, National Educational Film and Video Festival
Special Jury Mention, Prix Italia
First Prize, Best Screen Adaptation, Festival du Film sur L'Art, Montreal
Golden Sheaf Award, Special Jury Award, Yorkton Film Festival
FIPA d'Or, Cannes

Canadian Studies
Performing Arts

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"As moody and quirky as a 'Twin Peaks' episode and as bristly with arresting images as a rock video...Le Dortoir is that exceptional kind of adaptation, one that creates a new work of art sensitive to a new medium without compromising the voice of the original."
The Ottawa Citizen

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