Now Streaming: ‘Where the Land Ends’ Ruminates on Quebec Then and Now

Courtesy of the NFB

By Pat Mullen

Director Loïc Darses invites audiences to expand their horizons with the poetic documentary Where the Land Ends. Released today for free from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Where the Land Ends is a true point of view documentary as Darses doesn’t shy away from taking a position on the challenges young people face in this ever-changing and increasingly uncertain world. The film features the voices of 17 speakers as they share their perspectives about the current state of Quebec and the world. Notably, the film’s participants are all Millennials and were therefore too young to vote in the 1995 sovereignty referendum. The film frames their views in a landscape that’s ultimately been decided for them by others.

Meditative shots of Quebecois landscapes, cities, and historical sites populate the screen as the diverse perspectives speak in voiceover. The visuals, strikingly shot by Charlotte Lacoursière and Louis Turcotte, are void of people. The cinematic canvas offers an arresting dynamic of presence and absence as humans are heard but not seen. The film invites us to consider where we fit into the physical world that appears before us on screen. As the ideas swirl throughout the film, Where the Land Ends begins a larger conversation about how to advance society with the many ideas flowing through the air. For audiences looking to slow down and expand their minds at a time when many aspects of society are at a crossroads, the film offers lots to consider about the road ahead.

Synopsis: Against the backdrop of the camera’s meditative wandering through the places that created Quebec, Where the Land Ends explores and questions the historical narrative, as a group of young people who were not old enough to vote in the 1995 referendum express their views. They seem to have decided, on their own, to create a new “Terre des Hommes” (Man and His World).

Watch Where the Lands Ends from the NFB.

Where the Land Ends, Loïc Darses, provided by the National Film Board of Canada