Sunrise, sunset, awe-inspiring light. Clouds hover over the earth, the trees, bushes, and grass. This is nature - simple and beautiful. Now we see Arthur in his stable with his pigs. The enormous space is filled with cramped, one-pig-only cages. The pigs can't turn around in them; there is barely enough room to move. Harnessed in this way, nature is definitely not pretty. As the piglet screams in pain, Arthur slices off its curly tail and testicles, and rips out its teeth. Arthur raises livestock for meat-eating humans. This might be some kind of paradise, but it's definitely far from Eden for the animals. Arthur likes to listen to Rossini, Puccini, and Mozart while he works. He feels inspired by the arts. But somehow the sound of the singing opera diva shimmers like a mirage, just beyond our grasp. One night an eerie storm rips through the stable and blows away Arthur's favorite Victoria Rossellini record. Is this nature's revenge? (It would be justified.) Now the impressionistic and poetic imagery, which up to this point played without spoken commentary (except for one cynical sentence), slides into surreal chaos.
Title: Arthur's Paradise
Original Title: Arthur's Paradise
Language versions: English/no dialogue
Length: 50 min
Director: Luc Beauchamp
Screenplay: Luc Beauchamp
Cinematography: Luc Beauchamp
Editing: Luc Beauchamp
Sound Mix: Shelley Craig
Music: Pierre Benoit
Featuring: Daniel Beauchamp, Josée Poudrette, Anne-Marie Beaudette, Jean-Marc Laberge, Isabelle Constant, Daniel Leblanc, Melissa Lafontaine, Marie-Josée Lafontaine, Dominica Mérola, Marc Brochu, Josée Capagna, Nathalie Vincent, Richard Beauprés, Karine Simard, Michel D'Aragon, Luis Figueroa, José Figueroa, Marcos Figueroa, Andrew Hernandez, Mélina Plourde
Production: Solaris Film, ACIC-National Film Board of Canada, Télé-Québec, Luc Beauchamp, Monique Létourneau, Denis McCready
Age Recommendation: 12
Supported by: NFB/ACIC – Aide au cinéma indépendant de Canada
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