Maria Chapdelaine on TIFF’s top 10 canadian films of 2021

Sébastien Pilote's adaptation of Quebec literature classic featured on TIFF's top 10 list

Pilote and cinematographer Michel La Veaux create a film that is both an elegy and a paean, as reflected in their treatment of the landscape. The rural Quebec depicted here is simultaneously beautiful and unforgiving, especially if one lets down their guard.

This latest film version of Maria Chapdelaine is the closest to its inspiration — and, perhaps not coincidentally, may become the versions others are measured against.