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The Great Malaise

2019 5 min
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A young woman describes herself and her life in glowing terms, but the visual narrative tells a different story: with heart-rending power it illustrates the heavy burden of anxiety carried by this worried overachiever.

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The Great Malaise


In the voiceover for this animated short, a young woman attempts to describe herself, casting her life in the ideal light that society expects. The film’s imagery, however, tells a different story, poignantly illustrating the intense anxiety that comes with the quest for perfection and the pursuit of happiness. A film that’s both funny and moving, and above all, profoundly human.
  • director
    Catherine Lepage
  • writer
    Catherine Lepage
  • producer
    Marc Bertrand
  • animation
    Agathe Bray-Bourret
    Catherine Lepage
  • editing
    Sophie Leblond
  • consultants
    Pascal Blanchet
    Alexia Bürger
    Claude Cloutier
  • translation
    Helge Dascher
  • sound design
    Philippe Brault
  • musical composition
    Philippe Brault
  • voice
    Miranda Handford
  • voice director
    Kathleen Fee
  • sound editing
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • music recording
    Charles-Emile Beaudin
  • musician
    Mélanie Bélair
    Guillaume Bourque
    Sheila Hannigan
    Ligia Paquin
    François Pilon
    Marilène Provencher Leduc
  • technical director
    Éric Pouliot
    Pierre Plouffe
  • technical specialist - animation
    Yannick Grandmont
  • technical coordinator
    Jean-François Laprise
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • online editing
    Yannick Carrier
  • mix
    Shelley Craig
  • studio coordinator
    Laetitia Seguin
    Michèle Labelle
  • administration
    Diane Régimbald
    Karine Desmeules
  • senior production coordinator
    Camila Blos
  • marketing
    Karine Sévigny
  • associate producer
    Anne-Marie Bousquet
    Mylène Augustin
  • executive producer
    Julie Roy

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