Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 44 min 30 sec
Our beautiful St. Lawrence River is the victim of longstanding prejudice: whether we live in Montreal, Quebec City, the Gaspé Peninsula, or on the North Shore, we still believe that the St. Lawrence is nothing but a big brown polluted borehole with nothing interesting to see. So, the film takes a peek under the hood and finds a river teeming with gorgeous fish and a natural beauty that runs deep.
It is true, of course, that the St. Lawrence does suffer the consequences of our consumer society and the resulting environmental changes, and that all the extraordinary creatures that call it home are threatened. Braving the cold water and raging currents, Geneviève and Patrick leave Montreal each summer to settle down at the corner of the Manicouagan and the St. Lawrence with their young son, Simon. Patrick slips into his diving gear and Geneviève exchanges her acting career to assist her frogman in his adventures. Together, they sail the sometimes calm, sometime turbulent waters to rendezvous with this mysterious stream that flows into the heart of our country and our very consciousness.
A truck, a dinghy, and a great thirst for discovery propel them onward to Anticosti, Baie-Comeau, the Mingan Archipelago, Tadoussac and the Saguenay...Beneath the surface loom the large mammals we all know, and even more of the creatures we don’t know, with names like cucumbers and sea peaches, feather anemones, striated shrimps, mop nudibranches, Atlantic wolffish, ocean pout, sea chickens, and tutti quanti.
Jacques Cousteau said, “We protect what we love and we love what we know.” By uncovering the beauty and richness of the St. Lawrence underwater, Québec profond sets out to amaze viewers and change opinions about this emblematic waterway so they know how important it is to protect something they will quickly come to love.
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Catbird Films Inc.
Cast/Participants: Geneviève Bilodeau, Patrick R. Bourgeois, Simon Bourgeois-Bilodeau