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The Confessional

A Feature film by Robert Lepage

Release in France : 11/10/1995


    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)

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    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Polygram Film International

    Foreign production companies :

    Enigma Production Ltd, Cinémaginaire

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    "(...) 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)

    Adaptation :

    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

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    Feature film

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    Production language :

    French, English

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Great Britain

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    Minority French (France, Great Britain)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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    Festival Selections

    Directors' Fortnight - 1995

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1995)


    Official Selection