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Genre: Melodrama
Synopsis

Grief is a condition we have all experienced or one day will have to experience. Monique buries the man she loved. Feeling anguished and lonely, she decides to visit her adult children, hoping to become a part of their life. Unfortunately, there is no place for the mother in the children’s Montreal lifestyle. There is only one young woman who understands her, for they are linked by a common grief they once went through. Looking for ties to the past, Monique drives to her childhood lands but finds it very difficult connect to anything there as everything has changed.

In his eighth feature film, Quebec director Bernard Émond tells a simple story with such skill that the audience cannot remain indifferent. This is also largely thanks to Élise Guilbaultil for whom this is the fourth leading role in Émond’s filmography. She plays her role very precisely, with minimalist means, making the audience to physically feel Monique’s grief. More experienced film viewers will in addition to enjoying the strong emotions created by the film find it interesting to see which film specific tools the director has used to achieve a compact artistic whole, a film where grief plays the leading role. For the Canadian audience and those familiar with the cultural background of the country of origin of this feature, the film contains another level – Quebec vs. Montreal.

Mihkel Möölman

Director
Bernard Emond

(b. 1951). After studying anthropology and writing a Master's thesis on ethnographic cinema, Emond worked in Canada's Far Forth during the 1980s as a trainer for Inuit television and made five documentary films. With the turn of the century, Bernard Émond turned to feature films. He is noted for the humanistic, sometimes spiritual depth of his films, in particular his trilogy of feature films (2005, 2007, 2009) based on the three Christian virtues, faith, hope, and charity. Other themes in his work include human dignity and frailty. 

 

Filmography
  • La Femme qui boit (The Woman Who Drinks, 2001)
  • 20h17, rue Darling (8:17 p.m. Darling Street, 2003)
  • La Neuvaine (Noveen, PÖFF 2005, Contre toute espérance (2007, La donation (Pärandus, PÖFF 2009, Tout ce que tu possèdes (2012, Le journal d'un vieil homme (The diary of an old man 2015, Pour vivre ici (A Place To Live, 2018  )
Tue, 27.11.2018
6:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall Scape
120101
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 120101
Movie guests
Director Bernard Emond
Wed, 28.11.2018
7:00 pm
Tartu, 
Elektriteater
131801
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 131801
Movie guests
Director Bernard Emond
Sat, 01.12.2018
2:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
160606
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 160606
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Country: Canada
Year: 2018
Duration: 90 minutes
Language: French
Director: Bernard Emond
Producer: Bernadette Payeur
Writer: Bernard Emond
DOP: Jean-Pierre St-Louis
Montage: Annie Jean
Composer: Robert Marcel Lepage
Cast: Élise Guilbault, Sophie Desmarais, Amena Ahmad, Danny Gilmore, Marie Bernier
Production: Corporation ACPAV inc.
In collaboration with the Embassy of Canada:
Synopsis

Grief is a condition we have all experienced or one day will have to experience. Monique buries the man she loved. Feeling anguished and lonely, she decides to visit her adult children, hoping to become a part of their life. Unfortunately, there is no place for the mother in the children’s Montreal lifestyle. There is only one young woman who understands her, for they are linked by a common grief they once went through. Looking for ties to the past, Monique drives to her childhood lands but finds it very difficult connect to anything there as everything has changed.

In his eighth feature film, Quebec director Bernard Émond tells a simple story with such skill that the audience cannot remain indifferent. This is also largely thanks to Élise Guilbaultil for whom this is the fourth leading role in Émond’s filmography. She plays her role very precisely, with minimalist means, making the audience to physically feel Monique’s grief. More experienced film viewers will in addition to enjoying the strong emotions created by the film find it interesting to see which film specific tools the director has used to achieve a compact artistic whole, a film where grief plays the leading role. For the Canadian audience and those familiar with the cultural background of the country of origin of this feature, the film contains another level – Quebec vs. Montreal.

Mihkel Möölman

Director
Bernard Emond

(b. 1951). After studying anthropology and writing a Master's thesis on ethnographic cinema, Emond worked in Canada's Far Forth during the 1980s as a trainer for Inuit television and made five documentary films. With the turn of the century, Bernard Émond turned to feature films. He is noted for the humanistic, sometimes spiritual depth of his films, in particular his trilogy of feature films (2005, 2007, 2009) based on the three Christian virtues, faith, hope, and charity. Other themes in his work include human dignity and frailty. 

 

Filmography
  • La Femme qui boit (The Woman Who Drinks, 2001)
  • 20h17, rue Darling (8:17 p.m. Darling Street, 2003)
  • La Neuvaine (Noveen, PÖFF 2005, Contre toute espérance (2007, La donation (Pärandus, PÖFF 2009, Tout ce que tu possèdes (2012, Le journal d'un vieil homme (The diary of an old man 2015, Pour vivre ici (A Place To Live, 2018  )