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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Le confessionnal

Fortnight 1995, Feature film, 1 h 40

Synopsis

The year is 1952 and Alfred Hitchcock is shooting I Confess in Québec City. As film crews invade and take over the parish church, Rachel, who works in the presbitery, is going through a real-life drama of her own: she is only sixteen years old and pregnant. Filled with shame, she seeks salvation in the confessional and, trusting to the vow of silence, unburdens her soul to a young priest. 1989. Pierre Lamontagne has just returned to Quebec after three years in China to attend his father’s funeral. He meets up with Marc, his adopted brother, and Rachel’s illegitimate child. Feeling lost and adrift, Marc has begun to question is identity and is searching for his roots. The brothers embark on a quest to find Marc’s unknown father, a quest that will lead them to the locations of I Confess and the Quebec of the 1950s. Past and present converge in a complex web of clues.

Director

Robert Lepage

He was born in Québec and studied drama; he performed for first time in 1982. He earky worked as a director for theater. His first success, in 1985, was Vinci he wrote, directed and performed; he also staged it. Denys Arcand gave him his first main role in cinema, directed by Patricia Rozema and Alain Chartrand. Robert Lepage is considered like the most talented directors in modern theater. Le Confessionnal was his first film.

Jean-Louis Millette
Kristin Scott-Thomas
Lothaire Bluteau
Marie Gignac
Patrick Goyette
Richard Fréchette

Screenplay
Robert Lepage

Image
Alain Dostie

Sound
Jean-Claude Laureux

Editing
Emmanuelle Castro

Music
Sacha Puttnam

Set decoration
François Laplante

Production : Cinémaginaire, Montréal, Québec, Canada Vente à l’étranger : Polygram Film International, Londres, Grande-Bretagne Distribution en France : Pan Européenne, Paris, France