Nelson Henricks

1994, 07:00 minutes, B&W, English & French, with English & French subtitles


"This video in two parts is a newcomer's portrait of Montréal and focuses on two of my architectural obsessions: the Hydro Québec building and the métro. The second section is less autobiographically-based. In it, a man searches for the meaning of life in the tile patterns of Champ-de-Mars metro station. The moral of these two tales is : "Don't lose your sense of humour." It's from this cliché that the piece derives its title.

Babillage hilarant et obsessif du narrateur sur ses comptes d'électricité, le "Q" de l'édifice D'Hydro-Québec et le carrelage de la station de métro Champ-de Mars. À la recherche d'un sens à sa vie, le narrateur tente de décoder le message qu'il attribue aux tuiles des métros et à leur donner une signification poétique en images et en musique.

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