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Isabel is a 1968 Canadian film written, directed and produced by Paul Almond.[2]

Directed byPaul Almond
Produced byPaul Almond
Written byPaul Almond
StarringGeneviève Bujold
Lynden Bechervaise
Therese Cadorette
Music byHarry Freedman
CinematographyGeorges Dufaux
Edited byGeorge Appleby
Quest Film Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
23 July 1968 (USA)
Running time
108 minutes
Budget$CAD300,000 (estimated)[1]


Learning of her mother's serious illness, Isabel (Geneviève Bujold) returns to her family's farm on the Gaspé Peninsula. Her mother dies before she can get there, and when her aged uncle Matthew (Gerard Parkes) 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.



Isabel is the first film of Paul Almond's trilogy made with his then-wife Geneviève Bujold, it won four Canadian Film Awards, and was one of the early Canadian films to be distributed by a major Hollywood studio (Paramount Pictures).[3][1]

It was featured in the Canadian Cinema television series which aired on CBC Television in 1974.[4]


  1. ^ a b Canada Is Luring Movie Producers By VINCENT CANBY. New York Times 4 Mar 1967: 15.
  2. ^ "Isabel (1967)". BFI.
  3. ^ "Isabel". Film Library Reference. 2003. Archived from the original on 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  4. ^ Corcelli, John (August 2005). "Canadian Cinema". Canadian Communications Foundation. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2010.

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