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Unfinished Diary
A film by Marilu Mallet
Canada/Chile, 1986, 55 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W99247
In this moving docudrama, Chilean emigre Mallet struggles to make a film about her experience of profound isolation. Her English speaking husband, a prominent filmmaker, criticizes her subjective approach to filmmaking; their young son, raised in Quebec, speaks only French. Interviews with Isabel Allende and other Chilean exiles reveal a deep bond in this powerful, resonant film about language and gender, exile and immigration.


  • Toronto Festival of Festivals
  • Bilbao Film Festival
  • Films de Femmes, Sceaux, France

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    “The displacements and disjunctions of exile have never been more poignantly conveyed. Mallet uses her domestic space as mirror of the self struggling to find a place to call home. A compelling, resolutely tentative exploration of female subjectivity.”
    Juliane Burton
    UC Santa Cruz

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