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Triptych

Triptyque

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.

Schedule
May 26, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
7:30 PM Date has passed
May 27, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
3:00 PM Date has passed

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
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: National Film Board of Canada
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