La Tete De Normande Saint-Onge
Who is crazy ? Who isn’t ?
Normande Saint-Onge shouts : « I am happy, normal… Please, save me ! » It is a desperate cry of happiness, a hopeless wish, a leap in into the free boundless spaces of madness.
But, living in this crazy schizophrenic capitalist world, is she so insane when she wants to be devoured by sexual vultures, when she tries to seduce the Pope, when she opens her home to society’s normal victims ?
I have made this film to find out what happens in a young woman’s head nowadays. I have written it for our most talented thespian, Carole Laure.
But suddendly, the film took a life of its own…
Gilles Carle, director, screenwriter (born at Maniwaki, Qué in 1929). A prolific filmmaker, Carle is regarded as one of the most important talents in the Canadian film industry. During the 1940s and 1950s he was a graphic artist, but joined the NFB in 1960 when the French production unit was expanding. His first feature film, « La Vie heureuse de Léopold Z » (1965), a comedy, was made for the NFB, but when that organization rejected several projects, Carle began working independently. Supporting himself by producing TV commercials, he directed 3 feature films in 3 years: « Le Viol d’une jeune fille douce » (1968), « Red » (1969) and « Les Mâles » (1970). These films, combining Carle’s commentary on Québec society with scenes of sex and violence, generated a large popular following. In 1972 Carle produced his greatest commercial success, « La Vraie Nature de Bernadette », a film that earned him recognition in Europe. Following on this success he planned 2 films with his new star Carole Laure, « La Mort d’un bûcheron » (1973) and « Les Corps célestes » (1973). A skilled director, Carle has made films with varying budgets and designed for various outlets. In 1975 he blended eroticism, romanticism and fantasy to create the fresh and original « La Tête de Normande St-Onge ».