"Horse of Pride"
Directed by Claude Chabrol
"Too poor that I
am to possess another animal, at least 'the horse of pride' will always have a stall in my
stable," said Breton peasant Alain Le Goff to his grandson Pierre Jakez-Helias, who
grew up to write the best-selling novel, Horse of Pride. Director Claude Chabrol
was drawn to the story, a calendar of Breton ways and customs from 1905-1920 centering
around one family's struggles to rise on the social ladder. The film addresses the
Breton's fascination with fantasy through both the energies of the young boy, Pierre, who
wishes to carry the daydreams of his loved ones into reality, and the Celtic tradition of
storytelling with its emphasis on the sensational, the dramatic, and the intensity of
imagination. With Jacques Dufilho and Bernadette Lesache. French with English subtitles.