Genre :
Drama
Number of Episodes :
Mini-series (2 x 90 min. or 4 x 45 min.)
Version(s) :
Original French, English dubbed or English sub-titled, Spanish (dub)
Synopsis :

A hard-hitting dramatic mini-series, based on real events that still reverberate throughout Quebec (Canada). Set in the 1950s during the regime of Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis, a boys’ orphanage is converted into an insane asylum and the orphans re-classified as mental patients.
Three of them try to fight the system, but hope is just a four-letter word. To keep sane, one of these orphans, Julien, keeps diaries of the mental and physical abuse inflicted on him and the other boys.
Years later a priest within the asylum requests to read Julien’s diary. Horrified and hurt by what he discovers, he decides to leave and to take Julian out of the system that failed him and so many others.

Cast :
Lawrence Arcouette, Joël Drapeau Dalpé, Xavier Morin Lefort, Julien Poulin, Hélène Grégoire, Jean Marchand, Frédérique Collin, Luc Guérin
Awards :
- FIPA (Biarritz, France, January 1998)
  Best Performance by an Actress:  Hélène Grégoire

- Prix Gémeaux (Montréal, Canada, 1997)
   12 nominations:

   Best Dramatic Series

   Best Direction in a Dramatic Series

   Best Writing in a Dramatic Series

   Best Photography All Categories

   Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series

   Best Production Design All Categories

   Best Costume Design All Categories

   Best Achievement in Make-up and Hair Design

   Best Original Score All Categories

   Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Series

   Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Series

   Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role