Archive of films Mourning for Anna / Trois temps après la mort d’Anna
2010, 87 min
Section: Official Selection - Competition
The aging but elegant Françoise takes pride in her daughter’s accomplishments, however, the latter meets a sudden and violent death. The devastated woman decides to escape to a secluded place and withdraw into herself. Via a sensitive and aesthetically refined drama, the film reflects upon a difficult life situation, and also considers whether art has the ability to heal.
The face of a gracefully aging woman betrays her emotion and pride: her daughter, an aspiring virtuoso violinist, is performing the concert of her life. But it is also her last concert: we next see the girl lying on a slab in the mortuary. Her destroyed mother Françoise decides to deal with her devastation in total seclusion, without realising what this choice will bring her. She returns to a place in the mountains she has not seen for decades; will it help her to start again, or will it just evoke yet more hidden memories? This subtle film attempts to draw the solitary heroine into the focus of events, which it does literally, thanks to the principal use of frontal and precise, symmetrical shots. In its intimacy the film encourages us to share in the woman’s sorrow – her oppressive situation is conveyed to the viewer not through words, but through an atmosphere thickened by the protagonist’s stifled grief. With its sensitivity and the particular woman’s perspective it portrays, this work ranks alongside the inward-looking films of Jane Birkin (Les boîtes, 2007) and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Actrices, 2007).
About the director
Catherine Martin (b. 1958, Hull, Québec) studied visual arts and went on to take courses in film and photography at Concordia University in Montreal. She began as a film editor. Her film African Nights (Nuits d’Afrique, 1990) won her Best Medium-Length Film from L’Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (AQCC). Her documentary film Océan (2002) was selected for the international competition at the Nyon festival. Her feature debut Marriages (2001) won Best Screenplay at the Montreal IFF; it was also voted Quebecois Film of the Year and was screened at the 52nd Berlinale. Two of her films from 2006 were also shown at Berlin: the drama In the Cities (Dans les villes) and the documentary The Spirit of Places (L’esprit des lieux). Other films by this director have also been screened and awarded at numerous film festivals, including Toronto, Shanghai and Oberhausen.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Official Selection - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Michel La Veaux|
|Music:||Robert Marcel Lepage|
|Producer:||Claude Cartier, Lorraine Dufour|
|Production:||Coop Vidéo de Montréal|
|Cast:||Guylaine Tremblay, François Papineau, Sheila Jaffé|
|Contact:||Coop Vidéo de Montréal|
Producer, Film Director