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Canada (Québec) | 2013 | 102 minutes | Louise Archambault

Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who has Williams Syndrome, plays a young woman with the disease. Her extraordinary performance tracks her romance with a choir mate, a situation that distresses her beau’s overly protective mother.

May 21, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 22, 2014
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Gabrielle is a 22-year-old with a vivacious personality and an exceptional gift for music. She also suffers from Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects brain development. Gabrielle lives happily in a group home with several other developmentally challenged adults, spending time with her sister, and singing in the choir where she meets her boyfriend, Martin. Her contentment begins to unravel, however, when she learns that her beloved sister is moving across the world to be with her boyfriend in India. Things continue going downhill when Martin’s mother objects to their relationship, insistent that young couples with disabilities are not able to handle the repercussions of being romantically intimate. Gabrielle Marion-Rivard gives an extraordinarily expressive performance, capably eliciting deep sympathy and conveying a wry sense of humor while drawing on her personal experience suffering from Williams Syndrome. Not simply an “issue” movie, Gabrielle is about the joys as well as the frustrations of love, family, and finding independence.

Director Biography

Louise Archambault holds a MFA from Concordia University in Montréal. Her first short, Atomic Sake (1999), attracted attention and toured the international festival circuit, earning the 2000 Jutra for Best Short Film as well as Best Film at the Festival delle Donne in Turin, Italy. Her first feature film, Familia (2005), debuted at the Locarno International Film Festival where it went on to earn and be nominated for numerous awards at other festivals. Gabrielle is her second feature film.

Sponsored by Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles, Canada-America Society, Consulate General of Canada

Director: Louise Archambault
Principal Cast: Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Vincent-Guillaume Otis, Robert Charlebois
Country: Canada (Québec)
Year: 2013
Running Time: 102 minutes
Producer: Kim McCraw, Luc Déry
Screenplay: Louise Archambault
Cinematographers: Mathieu Laverdière
Editors: Richard Comeau
Music: François Lafontaine
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2013 (Foreign Language Film), Locarno International Film Festival 2013 (Audience Award), Genie Awards 2014 (Best Canadian Motion Picture, Canadian Actress), Vancouver Film Critics Circle (Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film)
Filmography: Familia (2005); The National Parks Project (doc, 2011)
Language: French
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US Distributor: eOne Films US
International Sales: eOne Entertainment International
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