D'où je viens

  • 82'
  • Canada
  • 2014
Claude Demers returns to the working-class district of Montréal where he grew up, and immediately wonders: Why? The rest of Where I'm From forms the answer. Demers tries to relive all the experiences he had for the first time as a child, or at least understand them: the first novel he read and the power of language. His first awareness of death. The question of what is normal and what isn’t. The idea of wanting to leave, of having to leave.
Certainly if you’re not famous, with preferably a few skeletons in the closet, your autobiography can quickly turn into a navel-gazing ego document. Claude Demers manages neatly to skirt these pitfalls. Where I'm From is lyrical and intimate without becoming sentimental. Demers lifts his own story to a universal level by intercutting it with the adventures of two local kids who are on the brink of maturity, ready to discover the world. And all of that in a cinematographic language of the greatest beauty.

Director
Claude Demers
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Canada
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
82'
Medium
DCP
International title
Where I'm From
Language
French
Producer
Colette Loumède
Production Company
National Film Board of Canada
Sales
National Film Board of Canada
Screenplay
Claude Demers
Cinematography
Jean-Pierre St-Louis, Nicolas Canniccioni
Editor
Alexandre Leblanc
Sound Design
Sylvain Vary, Claude Beaugrand, François Senneville, Serge Boivin
Music
Alexandre Corbeil, Gabriel Dharmoo
Website
https://onf.ca/film/dou_je_viens