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Montreal, 1959. Twelve-year-old Léonie meets Father Malachy and falls instantly in love. A dreamy loner, she has taken refuge in piety to escape difficult family circumstances. Sister Cécile has also fallen for Father Malachy but neither knows how to manage this forbidden attraction. One day, Léonie finds them together in an act of chaste intimacy, which fills her with pain and confusion. She confesses to the vicar who alerts the mother superior. When Sister Cécile and Father Malachy are sent away, Léonie loses both her first friend and her first love.

Montreal, 2010. Now a successful television journalist, Léonie receives a package containing her childhood diary. Retracing Sister Cécile, to ask her forgiveness for the betrayal long ago, Léonie reunites Cécile and Father Malachy for the first time in 50 years.

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Micheline Lanctôt

Born in 1947, Micheline Lanctôt’s career was initially focussed on animated film and acting. In 1980, she wrote and directed her first feature film, L’homme à tout faire, which was selected for Cannes’s Directors’ Fortnight. Her second feature, Sonatine, won the Silver Lion at Venice’s Mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica 1984. Continuing to write and act Lanctôt, wrote, directed, and produced Deux actrices (1993), which was awarded the prize for best film at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. In 1999, she won a Gémeaux (best actress) for the television series, Le Pollock. She then directed Le piège d’Issoudun (2002), Les guerriers (2004), and Suzie (2008). Lanctôt was awarded the Albert Tessier prize in 2000, and the Governor General’s award for Performing Arts in 2003.

35 mm

93 minutes


Aspect ratio


Original version in French




Monique Huberdeau

André Gagnon

Director and Scriptwriter

Micheline Lanctôt

Director of Photography

Michel La Veaux


Aube Foglia


Dimitri Médard


Micheline Lanctôt

Geneviève Bujold

Victor Andres Trelles Turgeon

Madeleine Péloquin

Rossif Sutherland

Lynda Johnson

Ariane Legault


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