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Title year:1990
Unused title(s):L'Ange Noir (Working Title)
Original dialogue(s):French
Description:Loved by a possessive mother who places all her hope in him, a foreigner to an Irish father whom he considers an enemy, and at odds with a literary community favouring a comme il faut style of poetry, Émile Nelligan, adolescent genius, rejects the norms imposed on him and sets off on an unequivocally avant-garde poetic quest. Shunned by all, he starts drinking and associates with society's fringe. His behaviour and his works create a scandal, and he is committed to a mental institution. To save his reputation and his memory, some of his poems are collected in an anthology, but almost all of his manuscripts disappear. His mentor Louis Dantin seals the poet's fate in his first words in the preface: "Émile Nelligan is dead..." Also dead and gone is his surprising modern poetry, the poetry of a precursor poet who lived in a mental institution until his death but who never abandoned his poetic quest.

Credited as:
Director(s):Robert Favreau
Screen writer(s):Aude Nantais
Jean-Joseph Trembley
Robert Favreau
Claude Poissant

Credited as: Character name:
Actor(s):Marc St-Pierre
Michel Comeau
Lorraine Pintal
Luc Morissette
Gabriel Arcand
David La Haye
Dominique Leduc
Luc Picard

Credited as:
Producer(s):Marie-Andrée Vinet
Associate producers(s):Doris Girard
Executive producers(s):Gérald Ross
Robert Sésé
Marie-Andrée Vinet

Credited as:
Editor(s):Hélène Girard
Musician(s):Marie Bernard
Photography:Guy Dufaux

Support:35mm Col Fuji

Release:MontréalSeptember 27, 1991

Financial %:
Co-finance:Country production

Laboratory:Office National du Film

Distribution area:QuebecQc Aska Film Distribution Inc.

CFFD Reference No.: 2090