La Tête de Normande St-Onge

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Quite where the lady's head is at, as they used to say, is a question better left to clinical enquiry than the speculations of one unconvinced by the film's anti-psychiatric contortions. It's the sort of film where fantasies (erotic and otherwise) proliferate, and the lines between sanity and madness are purposefully blurred; as, in passing, are the lines between exploitation, voyeurism, and (?) art. The erratic Normande (an outsider like the heroine of Carle's The True Nature of Bernadette) she 'rescues' her mother from a mental home to set up a counter-culture family) is framed and reflected in a compatibly fragmented, flashy style, so it's all of a piece. Either you buy it or you don't - in which case it's intensely irritating.

Release details

Duration: 116 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Gilles Carle
Screenwriter: Gilles Carle, Ben Barzman
Cast: Carole Laure
Raymond Cloutier
Renée Girard
Reynald Bouchard
Carmen Giroux
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