Director: Oliver Hockenhull  

Cinematography: John Houtman

in French & English 92 minutes 1991

Cast: Marek Cieszewski, Manon Breton, Andrew Wilson, 

Samantha Hamernes

"Entre la Langue et L'Océan is Hockenhull's take on Canada's perpetual identity crisis, through a focus on the failed revolution of 1837-38. Surrealist, radical, aesthetically rich, technically ambitious, this is a film that resists categorization. 

Based in part on the actual Australian 1840-42 prison journal of the exiled François Maurice Lepailleur, the film uses strategies of collage to speak of the crises in the Canadian national identity. 

And with a Governor-General who has tea with pigs, balances on a circus ball; a revolutionary who literally spits fire; an executioner with a poor memory; and a person of indeterminate sex named Jesus de New York, his film is a uniquely extravagant vision of some crucially important events in the life of 'an improbable and yet ridiculously fortunate country'. 

Oliver Hockenhull has described his second feature as "a walk along the border of the historical and the hysterical." This early work by one of Canada's foremost visual essayists addresses a subject that continues to confound and monopolize the psyche of Canadians — the film's lasting relevance becomes increasingly, discouragingly clear. 

Vancouver International Film Festival

Troia, Portugal, International Film Festival

Thanks to The Canada Council for the Arts, B.C. Film,

& The National Film Board of Canada

Entre la Langue et L’Océan, un film de Oliver Hockenhull, lance un regard

attentif sur la crise identitaire perpétuelle de Canada. Surréaliste, radical,

esthètiquement riche et techniquement ambitieux, ceci est un film qui

résiste toute classification.

Inspiré des écrits d’un prisonnier australien, François Maurice Lepailleur,

exilé en 1840-42, ce film utilise une stratégie de montage et de collage à finde subtilement dévoiler son sujet ...

On découvre le Gouverneur Général de Canada qui prend sa pause-café

avec des cochons, une révolutionnaire cracheur de feu, un bourreau qui a

perdue sa mémoire, et quelqu’un du’un sexe ambigu, Jésus de New York:

voici une vision extravagante et ludique d’un pays nommé “improbable et

ridiculement chanceux”.



“ image, an allegory, a figure that masks what it would reveal have more significance for the spirit than the lucidities of speech and its analytica.”

A. Artaud / Oriental and Occidental Theatre.

A man tries to invent a liberated state and ends up in a penal settlement. After awhile he hesitates to remember the cause of his incarceration.  He only remembers what he left behind not what he was hoping to attain.  His goal now is to live without the monstrosity of hope other than the transcendence that is called his death.

A critical reading of the events of the Canadian Rebellions of 1837 and 1838 and the true story of the banishment of a political prisoner of the Lower Canada Rebellion to the Australian penal colony

Based on the diary of exile of one François Maurice Lepailleur — Canadian Revolutionary.