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Canada (Québec) | 2013 | 95 minutes | Robert Lepage, Pedro Pires

Derived from a stage-play and appropriately separated into three parts, Triptych finds a friend in nonlinear narrative as it dramatically dips in and out of the lives of three individuals struggling with different forms of disability.

May 26, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 27, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Triptych builds a portrait of disability and the importance of voice through an interlocking, three-part narrative. Michelle is a middle-aged woman who is being returning from a stay at a psychiatric hospital. Michelle suffers from schizophrenia and it’s soon apparent that she is far from being cured. As she re-enters society, occupying her own apartment and getting her old job back at a bookstore, she stumbles over the blurred line between reality and the voices in her head. Michelle’s sister, Marie, introduces her fiancé, a retired German neurosurgeon named Thomas, who in his own flashback chapter is revealed to have been unhappily married to an opera singer, self-medicating his depression with alcoholism. His steady drinking makes for an unsteady hand, leading him to find solace instead in an affair with vivacious jazz singer Marie, a patient. The final chapter focuses on Marie herself, confronted with the possibility of losing her voice after getting a tumor removed. Triptych is a beautiful film backed with a classical score, combining washed-out colors with the hint of a shadowy vignette around each frame, emphasizing its dramatic origins and themes—co-director Robert Lepage adapted the film from his own play)—while the actors provide intense emotional work that carries the story in a confident and effective way.

Director Biography

After collaborating with François Girard and Robert Lepage, visual artist Pedro Pires directed the short films Danse Macabre in 2008 and Hope in 2010; both garnered international acclaim. In 2012, he again partnered with Lepage to co-direct three shorts, Marie, Michelle and Thomas, which will eventually comprise the feature Triptych.

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

Director: Robert Lepage, Pedro Pires
Principal Cast: Lisa Castonguay, Frédérike Bédard, Hans Piesbergen, Susie Almgren, Rebecca Blankenship
Country: Canada (Québec)
Year: 2013
Running Time: 95 minutes
Producer: Lynda Beaulieu
Screenplay: Robert Lepage
Cinematographers: Pedro Pires
Editors: Pedro Pires, Aube Foglia
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Berlin Film Festival 2014 (Special Jury Mention)
Filmography: LEPAGE: The Far Side of the Moon (2003); Possible Worlds (2000); Nô (1997); Le Polygraphe (1996); Le Confessional (1995)
Language: French, English, German
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Format: DCP
International Sales: National Film Board of Canada
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