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Jules' Impossible Summer

Jules' Impossible Summer

| 13 min
The Curve
The Curve
2020 4 films

The Curve is the pulse of our nation, beating in its own time during this unprecedented time. Our creators, with their talent and insight, are bringing to life the voices of Canadians touched by COVID-19, both near and far. The Curve is an online destination where these experiences will be expressed in animation, documentary and digital storytelling formats.


Shot in Montreal over a four-month period, from May to September 2020, Jules’ Impossible Summer charts the evolving relationship between the filmmaker and her 19-year-old son through 15 redundant conversations about the importance—or the impossibility, depending on the point of view—of following the health restrictions imposed during the pandemic.

  • direction
    Marie-Julie Dallaire
  • writing
    Marie-Julie Dallaire
  • participant
    Jules Raymond
    Marie-Julie Dallaire
    Adèle Barrilliet-Dallaire
    Fabrice Barrilliet
  • producer
    Pierre-Mathieu Fortin
  • images
    Marie-Julie Dallaire
  • sound
    Marie-Julie Dallaire
  • editing
    Louis-Martin Paradis
  • sound design
    Luc Raymond
  • music
    Luc Raymond
    Franky Selector
  • additional images
    Jules Raymond
  • additional location sound
    Lynne Trépanier
  • production assistant
    Nina Bouchard
  • technical support - editing
    Pierre Dupont
    Marie-Josée Gourde
    Patrick Trahan
  • titles design
    Daphnée Brisson-Cardin
  • infographics
    Alain Ostiguy
    Cynthia Ouellet
  • online editing
    Yannick Carrier
  • colourization
    Yannick Carrier
  • re-recording
    Jean-Paul Vialard
  • archives research
    Pascale Bilodeau
  • administrator
    Sia Koukoulas
  • senior production coordinator
    Joëlle Lapointe
  • production coordinator
    Alexandra Bourque
    Chinda Phommarinh
  • studio coordinator
    Gabrielle Dupont
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Claveau
  • line producer
    Mélanie Lasnier
  • executive producer
    Nathalie Cloutier


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Ages 13 to 18

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Family Studies/Home Economics - Adolescent Development
Family Studies/Home Economics - Parenting

In this short, thoughtful documentary from The Curve, a mother interviews her 18-year-old son while they negotiate different approaches to living during the pandemic over several months. Great entry point into a discussion of how the pandemic has affected young people and their social lives and relationships. Potential questions for students include: How has the pandemic affected your relationships with your parents? How are you taking responsibility for your health during the pandemic? What are you doing to protect others? How has your province responded to the pandemic, and how do you feel about their response? Are you and your family following the guidelines? Are your friends? Identify reasons why people in your community might not follow the guidelines.

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