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The Confessional

A Feature film by Robert Lepage

Release in France : 11/10/1995

    Synopsis

    1952. Alfred Hitchcock and his crew are shooting "I Confess" in Quebec City. At the same time, Rachel, pregnant at 16, a young maid at the presbytery, discovers behind the confessional grating that human mercy has another name : silence. 37 years go by. 1989. Pierre Lamontagne, who left for China three years previously, comes back to Quebec for his father's funeral. He is reunited with Marc, his adopted brother and Rachel's illegitimate son. The two brother start looking for the unknown father...

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Ciné@

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Polygram Film International

    Foreign production companies :

    Enigma Production Ltd, Cinémaginaire

    French distribution :

    Polygram

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    Subject

    "(...) The making of Alfred Hitchcock's film (...), far from being the main subject of this story is a reference-point, basis and background for a totally contemporary journey. That of two brothers struggling with life's problems who, thirty-seven years after the making of the film, roan around the city (Quebec) trying to shed some light on their memories. (...) But these two plot-lines become one thanks to the flashbacks blended in with "reality" (...) and that give "The Confessional" its weighty and special atmosphere. In his debut film, Robert Lepage leads us skilfully through this sordid and expiatory quest, between past and present, dream and reality. One must also mention Lothaire Bluteau's excellent performance as a lost dreamer and that of Kristin Scott-Thomas, outstanding as Hitchcock's personal assistant. A fine piece of work."
    (Thierry Valletoux - Studio)

    Full credits (10)

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Robert Lepage

    Co-producer :

    Philippe Carcassonne

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Claude Laureux

    Editor :

    Emmanuelle Castro

    Music Composer :

    Alexander Puttnam

    Screenwriter :

    Robert Lepage

    Director of Photography :

    Alain Dostie

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Myriam Bruguière

    Production Designer :

    François Laplante

    Costume designer :

    Barbara Kidd

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French, English

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Great Britain

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (France, Great Britain)

    Production year :

    1995

    French release :

    11/10/1995

    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    85.842

    Visa issue date :

    12/10/1995

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Directors' Fortnight - 1995

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1995)

    Selection

    Official Competition