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September Five at Saint-Henri


Hubert Aquin | 1962 | 27 min



This short film is a series of vignettes of life in Saint-Henri, a Montreal working-class district, on the first day of school. From dawn to midnight, we take in the neighbourhood’s pulse: a mother fussing over children, a father’s enforced idleness, teenage boys clowning, young lovers dallying – the unposed quality of daily life.


First Day of School, Montreal, 1962

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