LA MARCHE À SUIVRE (Guidelines) 2014


[...] The (Berlinale) Forum’s dedication to classical non-fiction cinema might be best represented by Jean-François Caissy’s characteristically elegant, wistful and observant La marche à suivre, an emphatic throwback to the good old days of the NFB. Caissy has now made a firm case for himself as Québec’s leading documentarist: his previous La belle visite (2009) looked at an old folks’ home with a perfectly balanced sense of compassion and Olympian regard, and the same sensibility governs the new work, capturing a full year from winter to fall of a provincial secondary school. Caissy trusts his images to suggest a host of ideas, from the ways in which kids will always play and work outside the lines regardless of the rules applied by genuinely caring adults, to modern education’s dubious systems of control and regimentation. His still shots fixed on the faces of kids—some naughty, some nice—meeting with school counsellors are the kind of image-sound constructs that cinema aspires to, and rarely achieves.

- Robert Koehler

“This is documentary art at its finest” - Sam Cooper

“A compelling documentary” - Boyd Van Hoeij

WINNER

World Pulse Award

“Top 10 films at Hot Docs 2014” - C.J. Prince

“La marche à suivre n’est pas qu’un documentaire “dans la tradition” parmi tant d’autres: il est une oeuvre de cinéma comme on en voit peu, comme on en voit rarement.” - Helen Faradji

“Masterful” - Anthony Kaufman

“There have been many more eventful high school movies, but rarely one that’s more absorbed in the forming of adults and the shaping of citizens.” - Jeannette Catsoulis  - NYT Critics’ Pick