| 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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  • 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
  • sound editing
    Claude Beaugrand
  • participation
    Colette Sauvageau
    Deni Yvan Béchard
    Nathalie Bergeron
    Ines Hajrovic
    Yvonne Duguay
    Marcel Dumesnil
    Zekija Hajrovic
    Robert Hendricks
    Laurette Sauvageau
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • music recording
    Luc Sicard
    Gaëtan Pilon
    FC Legault
    Carl Bastien
  • producer
    Colette Loumède