Paper Wedding, The* (Les Noces de Papier)

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Paper Wedding, The* (Les Noces de Papier)

  • 1989 ----- color ----- 86 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by Michel Brault; with Dorothee Berryman, Gilbert Sicotte, Jean Mathieu, Teo Spychaiski, Monique le Page, Manuel Aranguiz and Genevieve Bujold) Claire, a 39-year-old university professor, is professionally occupied but not stimulated. Bored with her long term affair with a married man, she is persuaded by her lawyer sister to enter into a marriage of convenience with a Chilean political refugee who would be granted asylum. Pablo faces imprisonment or worse if he is forced to return to his homeland. After the wedding, the newlyweds shake hands and return to their former lives until an over-eager immigration agent begins to pursue them. Claire and Pablo are forced to live together and explore each other's pasts in order to convince a judge of the validity of their marriage. In the process, their defenses slowly break down, their shared shyness abates, and the come to realize how much they care for each other. (Donated by the Department of Canadian Studies) (In French with English subtitles) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)
  • Topics: (Canadian Studies, Family Life, Motion Pictures: Features, Romance Languages and Literature)