Absences

Absences


                                Absences
| 1 h 14 min

Absence is a rupture, a loss. But it also implies a quest. In her latest film, director Carole Laganière (East End Kids) explores various forms of absence—and its painful impact on our daily lives.

The film was inspired by Laganière’s own personal story, of the inevitable estrangement of her mother, whose memory is slowly being consumed by Alzheimer’s disease. This “anticipated separation” serves as a bridge to the film’s other subjects as they pursue their own personal quests: Ines, an immigrant who returns to her country of birth, Croatia, to find the mother who abandoned her; Deni, an American author who is finally able to search for his Quebec roots; and Nathalie, who is desperately looking for her missing sister. Through their stories, Absences explores the deepest regions of the psyche, where our sense of loss and resiliency co-exist.

Subtly weaving its links, the film is like a chain of life built on loss. It captures the experience of a void that’s waiting to be filled—like an empty hotel room ready to welcome a tormented life stuck in transit. Through its many voices, Absences speaks to us of the immense fragility of human emotions.
 

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Credits
  • participation
    Colette Sauvageau
    Deni Yvan Béchard
    Nathalie Bergeron
    Ines Hajrovic
    Yvonne Duguay
    Marcel Dumesnil
    Zekija Hajrovic
    Robert Hendricks
    Laurette Sauvageau
  • script
    Carole Laganière
  • direction
    Carole Laganière
  • camera
    Dominic Dorval
  • editing
    Aube Foglia
  • location sound
    Richard Lavoie
    Mélanie Gauthier
    Louis Léger
  • original music
    Luc Sicard
  • research
    Myriam Berthelet
  • additional camera
    Carole Laganière
    François Vincelette
  • still photographer
    Dominic Dorval
  • production assistant
    Perrine Bral
    Olga Maticevic
    Chris Niesing
    Rance Russo
  • sound editing
    Claude Beaugrand
  • dialogue editing
    Francine Poirier
  • translation
    Jelena Popovic
    Vision Globale
  • technical support - editing
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • online editing
    Yannick Carrier
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • infographics
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • musician
    Luc Sicard
    Mélanie Auclair
    Andrew Czerny
  • music recording
    Luc Sicard
    Gaëtan Pilon
    FC Legault
    Carl Bastien
  • music mixing
    Luc Sicard
  • marketing manager
    Tammy Peddle
  • marketing manager - assistance
    Geneviève Bérard
  • administrator
    Johanne Dubuc
    Sia Koukoulas
  • production coordinator
    Hélène Regimbal
  • administrative assistant
    Sophie Dupuis
    Lise Lévesque
  • technical coordinator
    Richard Cliche
  • associate producer
    Mélanie Lasnier
  • producer
    Colette Loumède
  • director general
    Monique Simard