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My American Cousin

Réalisé par Sandy Wilson
Canada, 1985 (fiction, 89 minutes, couleurs, anglais)
Autres titres : « Mein Cousin aus Amerika », « Mi primo americano », « Mój amerykanski kuzyn », « Mon cousin américain », « O Meu Primo Americano »

Description du film [en anglais] :
« The film takes place in the summer of 1959, when rock-and-roll music was blasting out of every jukebox [...] A precocious twelve-year old finds herself wishing she was sixteen and then one hot, still summer night, Sandy's life changes forever. [...] Both attracted and fascinated by her fearless cousin, Sandy is hopelessly stranded between her parents' strict and conservative expectations and the seduction of the rock-and-roll culture that Butch personifies. »
-- Festival of Festivals (source)

Générique (partiel) :
Scénario : Sandy Wilson
Produit par : Peter O'Brian, Sandy Wilson, Phillip Schmidt
Interprètes principaux : Margaret Langrick, John Wildman, Richard Donat, Jane Mortifee, T.J. Scott, Camille Henderson, Darcy Bailey, Allison Hail, Samantha Jocelyn, Babs Chula, Terry Moore, Brent Severson, Carter Dunham, Julie Nevlon, Alexis Peat, Mickey Mauncell, Kitty Wilson, Jakevan Weston, Ritchie Hobden
Images : Richard Leiterman
Montage images : Haida Paul
Société de production : Okanagan Motion Picture Company Inc., Borderline Productions Inc., Peter O'Brian Independent Pictures Inc.

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Citations de la réalisatrice [en anglais]

« I think [My American Cousin] catches that wonderful time in a young girl's life when she's curious and just doesn't know any better. I remember when my mother first asked to look at the script. She ended up storming out of the room and saying, 'I can't read any more of this. It's too real.' That's when I knew I was on to something. »
-- Sandy Wilson (source)

« When I arrived on my set [for My American Cousin], my first A.D. [Assistant Director] said, 'Would you like a binder?' And I said, 'What for?' And he said, 'Well, to put your script in.' I said, 'I've written the script, I know the script. What do I need the script for?' This is from documentaries where you don't go out with a script. [...] Next, my cameraman Richard Leiterman says to me, 'Sandy, can I see your shot list?' I replied, 'You mean my story board?' [...] He said, 'No, Sandy, I mean your shot list. ' And I said, 'You know, I've heard a lot about shot lists but I don't know exactly what they are.' [...] Richard Leiterman carried me for that day. [...] I learned very quickly how to do my shot list, how to do my homework. I carried my script with me. I put it in a big red binder -- that became the bible. I felt naked without it. [...] I took a few days to figure out what I was supposed to do as the director. And then we started to really cook. I loved it. It's a wonderful thing when everybody is contributing their very best. »
-- Sandy Wilson (source)

Citations sur My American Cousin [en anglais]

« It's an amazing job of evoking through specific detail, costumes, props and attitudes a period many of us still blush to remember. »
-- Nina Darnton (source)

« If Sandra's parents and grandmother are the allegorical figurations of an anglo-centric colonial Canada, then Sandra herself allegorizes an adolescent Canada coming of age at mid-century, shifting her gaze from the UK to the US. Allegorically, Canadian nation as read through Sandra is gendered female, while the US as read through Butch is gendered male »
-- Christopher E. Gittings (source)

« [Sandy] Wilson clung tenaciously to her vision of the film. She fought long and strenuously for her choice of Margaret Langrick (an unknown and a non-actress) to play the lead. She fought to direct her picture. On top of that, everything had to be resolved and negotiated under time-constraints, because filming had to commence during the B.C. cherry picking season. And win every battle she did. »
-- Gail Henley (source)

« [Sandy] Wilson establishes a polarity between a realistic Canadian road that is scenically beautiful but leads nowhere and an American road that promises freedom and happiness but is based on fantasy. »
-- David L. Pike (source)

« Funny but realistic, My American Cousin follows Butch's brief intrusion into Sandy's life with a sensitivity that transcends nostalgia. »
-- Jay Scott (source)

« [My American Cousin] is filled with some beautifully creative and unabashedly feminine touches that portent a real talent in the making. »
-- Jan Teag (source)

« Sandy Wilson's debut feature film has emerged as something of an English-Canadian classic, operating simultaneously as a deeply personal film and as a metaphor for the inferiority complex of our national psyche. »
-- Wyndham Wise (source)

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