If, by chance, you were in Lafayette, Louisiana, last Thursday evening, I hope you were able to go to the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival. That night, attendees were treated to the world premiere of the Québec film Par hasard en courant…
Written and directed by Québec City native, Jacques Loiselle, Par hasard en courant… is a feature-length movie exploring the role played by chance – le hasard –in all of our lives. We like to think our planning and efforts are what determine our fate. But chance plays an undeniable part as well, pushing our lives in unforeseen directions. In Loiselle’s film, chance intervenes amply in the lives of the protagonists, the drama animating one life spilling over into the next.
The numerous characters in Par hasard cross paths as they jog and train in Battlefields Park, more commonly known as the Plains of Abraham. Although not necessarily an integral part of the storyline, it is the ever-present backdrop for the film’s action, and lovers of la Vieille Capitale will delight in its familiar vistas. According to Loiselle, the Québec City park lent itself well to the filming; with a limited budget, he used it as an open-air soundstage, taking advantage of the rolling topography to create cinematographically complex scenes.
I’m sure that festival-goers enjoyed Par hasard en courant… I certainly did when I was fortunate enough to be invited to a prescreening of the film several months before its debut. I was thoroughly entertained by its clever dialogue and enthralled by its talented cast. I hope you will get the chance to see it soon in a theater near you.