Piège d'Issoudun (Le)
A woman on the cusp of 40 decides to kill her two young children and
commit suicide. She survives, however, and, in a state of shock, gets into her car and drives off, fully intending to kill herself in a car accident. A cop pulls
her over for speeding. Noticing how upset she is, he decides to drive her back home. He begins to feel sympathy for the taciturn and distressed woman. A relationship develops between them, one of glances, wordless communication and compassion. When the cop drops the woman off at her home, he discovers the bodies of her two children and understands the full horror of what has
happened. He decides to help her fulfill her ultimate wish: to die.
An acclaimed writer, director, and film and television actress, Micheline Lanctôt directed her first feature, L’Homme
à tout faire, in 1980. The film was screened at several prestigious festivals, including the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and the San Sebastian Film Festival, where it won the Silver Medal in 1980. Her second feature, Sonatine, won a Silver Lion Award at the 1984 Venice Film Festival, while her third feature, Deux actrices (1993), won
the Prix Ouimet-Molson at the 1994 Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Montréal. Also in 1994, her film La Vie d’un Héros was screened at several festivals in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Original version in French
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