Isabel (1968)


Learning of her mother’s serious illness, Isabel returns to her family’s farm on the Gaspé Peninsula. Her mother dies before she can get there, and when her aged uncle Matthew Asks her to stay on and help him with the farm, she reluctantly agrees. She finds herself haunted by memories of early years (domestic violence, incest and the mysterious deaths of her grandfather, who died in a freak accident, and her father and brother, who both drowned at sea) in a house full of eerie sights and sounds.

Director: Paul Almond.
Writer: Paul Almond.
Stars: Geneviève Bujold, Marc Strange, Gerard Parkes, Elton Hayes, Edie Kerr, Al Waxman, Ratch Wallace, Lynden Bechervaise, Eric Clavering, Therese Cadorette, Rob Hayes, J. Donald Dow.


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  1. E
    February 3, 2021

    Glad to see Almond’s undervalued film here, distinguished especially by Bujold’s subtle and luminous performance; may we hope that you have an un-edited, non-Italian-dubbed print of their Journey (1972) up your sleeve?
    Thanks for all the rarities!

    February 4, 2021

    Wow — thank you so much! I had just returned from a family vacation to the Gaspé when I heard of this release and never got to see it. Good things come to those who wait . . . and this is VERY good.

  3. Michael
    February 5, 2021

    Many thanks Jon for this hard to find film.

  4. Kristoff Botski
    March 19, 2024

    What a great find! Uncanny, atmospheric… truly an obscure masterpiece, at least for me who’s watching it from Greece.

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