Gabrielle : a collective success, a work universal in its appeal

2013

A film that shows Montréal
An open, inclusive Montréal
A heart-warming film making waves beyond our borders
A universal theme

The work of director and screenwriter Louise Archambault, Gabrielle tells the touching story of a developmentally challenged young woman.

Filmed for the most part in Montréal, Gabrielle features local talents who themselves have disabilities. The non-professional actors got their start in the school and workshops run by two organizations: Les Muses de Montréal, centre des arts de la scène, and La Gang à Rambrou (2008 recipient of the Prix Paul-Buissonneau).

The music of Robert Charlebois carries along the incredibly talented members of a large choir, who perform songs, like Lindbergh and Ordinaire, that he made famous and are now part of our cultural heritage. But the great achievement of Gabrielle is to have made a wide public more sensitive and open to difference.

Gabrielle Marion-Rivard plays the love-smitten woman of the film, which has been acclaimed around the world and garnered the following honours:

  • The Audience Favourite Award at the Locarno Film Festival;
  • The Prix du Public at Namur’s Festival des films francophones;
  • The Valois d’or for best actor (for Alexandre Landry) and the Valois Magelis award at the Festival d’Angoulême;
  • Best Actor for Alexandre Landry at Dieppe’s Festival du film canadien
  • Best Actor for Alexandre Landry at Gijón International Film Festival.

The film also represented Canada in this year’s race for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, making the shortlist. 

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