Director: Louise Archambault
French; 104 min.
March 2nd @ 7pm – Galaxy Theatre
A developmentally challenged young woman living in a group home, Gabrielle (Gabrielle Marion-Rivard) has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. She has found love with Martin (Alexandre Landry), a fellow member of her choir, and they want to explore their feelings for one another physically but are not allowed. Convinced that living alone will allow her to have the intimate relationship she so desperately craves, Gabrielle tries valiantly to prove she can be independent. This is a captivating and deeply affecting film about difference, dignity, and love.
David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews: “An endearing and engaging little drama that benefits substantially from Marion-Rivard’s captivating turn as the central character.”
T’Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette: “On the surface, it’s a simple love story: girl meets boy, girl likes boy, girl kisses boy. But Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle is much more… a deeply affecting tale of difference, dignity and the healing power of song.”
Liam Lacey, Globe & Mail: “Instead of a message movie, Gabrielle is a romance and an unusual kind of musical that seamlessly integrates special needs actors with the other cast members.”
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