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Canada, 2013, 104 Minute Running Time
Topics: Romance, Woman Director
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Looking for a radiant new screen personality? Then look no further: Gabrielle Marion-Rivard is an extraordinarily expressive actress, a young woman bound to make a deep impression on everyone who sees this movie. Whether she will get to act again on film is questionable, however.

Like the eponymous character she plays for writer/director Louise Archambault, Marion-Rivard suffers from a rare neurological disorder, Williams syndrome. It’s a condition which affects brain development, and the extent to which it proscribes what we like to consider “normal” life is one of the themes explored in this beautifully observed, caring, never mawkish film.

At 22, Gabrielle is living with several other developmentally challenged adults in a group home. At first she seems content – she’s a naturally happy person – but the limits of her autonomy become obvious when first her beloved elder sister tells her she’s moving to the other side of the world, and then Gabrielle’s boyfriend, Martin, is barred from seeing her because his mother objects to their relationship becoming sexual. Not simply an "issue" movie, Gabrielle is about the joys as well as the frustrations of dependence, about how we all need each other…

In other words, it’s a film about love.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director, Assistant Director

DIRECTOR: Louise Archambault
Producer: Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Editor: Richard Comeau
Screenwriter: Louise Archambault
Cinematographer: Mathieu Laverdière
Music: François Lafontaine
Principal Cast: Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, Melissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Vincent-Guillaume Otis, Benoit Gouin, Sébastien Ricard, Isabelle Vincent, Marie Gignac
Filmography: Familia (2005)

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