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une vie pour deux

Luc Bourdon, Alice Ronfard | 2013 | O.V. French | Quebec, Canada | 75min | color

Synopsis :

What is a couple? Two people who try to build a life together or who simply live under the same roof? Is it easier to accept a man’s indiscretions? Is the first step in dominating a woman to rob her of her voice? French cultural journalist Bernard Pivot asked these questions, and many others, in his interview with Marie Cardinal in 1978, following the publication of her novel Une vie pour deux. It tells the story of Simone and Jean-François, a couple on the verge of breaking up, who are forced to re-examine their relationship after discovering the body of a young woman while on vacation in Ireland. Just as Evelyne de la Chenelière’s theatrical adaptation of the novel is set to return to the stage in Montreal, this film (the product of an artists’ residency at the Prim Centre) links the fascinating interview footage with the play’s subtle yet powerful staging. After winning the award for Best Canadian Feature at the 2008 Festival du Nouveau Cinéma for La mémoire des anges, Luc Bourdon teams up with Marie Cardinal’s daughter, Alice Ronfard, to pay heartfelt homage to this renowned feminist author, who passed away in 2001.