Jacques Brel, fou de vivre

France | 2017 | 116 min
Author: Philippe Kohly
Editing: Julie Martinovic
Producer: Gérard Lacroix, Gérard Pont
Voice: Arthur H
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North American Premiere

Whomever tries to conjure a portrait of Jacques Brel will be met with the magnitude of this out of the ordinary singer-songwriter. Understanding him is discovering a full-bodied personality built on contradictions that can sometimes multiply: radiant on stage, moonlit at home. Born to the middle class, he died an adventurer, forever turning his back on his destiny, his condition. Passing away at 49, his life was a tense, straight line, with little room for mediocrity. In this full-length documentary, discover what was left behind by this human monument to music: a true novel, which is still very much alive, even 40 years after his death.


Philippe Kohly

After years of short films and historical documentaries, Philippe Kohly now cultivates his interest for portraits and has produced around 15 full-length portraits in the past 10 years. Whether showing the humanity of a “noble” character, as Maria Callas, or the nobility of a “popular” character, as Dalida, the atmosphere is the same: a closed world, with both closeness and distance, and a laconic commentary in the “emotional newsreader” style.
Filmography | Alain Delon, cet inconnu (2015) ; Marlon Brando, un acteur nommé désir (2014) ; Edith Piaf, amoureuse (2013) ; Les Grands Cols du Tour de France (2013) ; La Maladie du pouvoir (2012) ; Romain Gary, le roman du double (2010) ; Boris Vian, la vie jazz (2009) ; L’Enfer de Matignon (2008) ; Maria Callas assoluta (2007) ; Line Renaud, une histoire de France (2005).

Screenings playing this movie

Centre Canadien d’Architecture – Théâtre Paul-Desmarais / Canadian Centre for Architecture – Paul-Desmarais Theatre
Screening # 13
Presented by DeSerres