À tout prendre

À tout prendre
Directed by Claude Jutra
Produced by Claude Jutra
Robert Hershorne
Written by Claude Jutra
Starring Claude Jutra
Johanne Harrelle
Music by Maurice Blackburn
Jean Cousineau
Serge Garant
Cinematography Michel Brault
Bernard Gosselin
Jean-Claude Labrecque
Edited by Claude Jutra
Release dates
  • August 10, 1963 (1963-08-10)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Canada
Language French

À tout prendre (released as All Things Considered in English Canada and as Take It All in the United States) is a Canadian drama film, directed by Claude Jutra and released in 1963.[1] His first film made outside the National Film Board,[1] the film was a semi-autobiographical portrait of Jutra's own life,[2] focusing on his romantic relationship with actress and model Johanne Harrelle, and his struggle to accept his own homosexuality.

Both Jutra and Harrelle played themselves in the film. Notably, the film version of Jutra commits suicide at the end of the film in virtually the same manner, drowning himself in the St. Lawrence River, in which Jutra himself would eventually commit suicide in 1986 after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.[1] The film's cast also includes Victor Désy, Tania Fédor, Guy Hoffmann, Monique Joly, Monique Mercure, Patrick Straram and François Tassé, as well as brief cameo appearances by Anne Claire Poirier and François Truffaut.

Considered a landmark film in the history of Quebec and Canadian cinema,[1] the film won Best Picture at the 1964 Canadian Film Awards.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Claude Jutra at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. "Johanne Harrelle's Montreal: The eagle who loves her nest". The Globe and Mail, April 24, 1982.
  3. "LES BIOGRAPHIES > Claude Jutra". Cinématheque Québécoise, April 2014.

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