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The Blueberry Blues

Andres Livov / 90 min. / Canada / FRENCH

Synopsis

The cherished tradition of blueberry picking in northern Canada is dying out beneath the relentless march of modern farming practices and shifting demographics. As young people leave the region, seasonal farm workers from Mexico have become indispensable. On top of that, there is the looming threat of forest fires that cast an ominous shadow over the region. Paradoxically, the wild blueberry is born from the ashes of scorched woodlands, embodying a symbol of both destruction and renewal. Amidst the nostalgia and adversity, music and storytelling emerge as a powerful force that connects villagers, seasonal workers, and farmers alike, uplifting our spirits in a collective symphony.

Cast & Crew

  • Screenplay : Andres Livov
  • Cinematographer : Louis Turcotte
  • Sound : René Portillo-Ruiz
  • Editor : René Roberge

Genre

Documentaire

Topics

Agriculture and local, Culture and society, Cultural diversity, Music, Quebec

Biography


Director's statement

The Blueberry Blues is a creative and author-driven documentary. Set against the backdrop of a single summer, the film weaves together music, characters, emotions, and an abundance of wild berries. Envision the story as a multifaceted diamond, where the film's title encapsulates four fundamental pillars. The term "blues" embodies both a sense of melancholy and a musical style, while "blueberries" represents the small fruit and the nickname for the inhabitants of Lac-Saint-Jean. This layered perspective provides a fresh lens through which the documentary explores universal themes such as hope, resilience, and the pursuit of a meaningful life. As crates overflow with fruit, inhibitions fade, creating space for profound personal revelations. The Blueberry Blues delves into the challenges that everyday people face and the tough decisions they must make. It highlights the strength, wisdom, and empathy found in seemingly insignificant or challenging situations, encouraging us to reconsider our surroundings and reflect on what truly matters to us.

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