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The Vigil

The Vigil

Marguerite Paquin lives in a seniors’ home where 14 nuns from her religious congregation have succumbed to COVID-19. The film takes us from the grandeur of the landscapes of Côte-Nord, Quebec, where Marguerite has worked for 47 years, into the room where she sits confined today, finding a sort of liberation through prayer and unshakeable solidarity with her sisters who are suffering.

  • director
    Christine Chevarie-Lessard
  • writer
    Christine Chevarie-Lessard
  • participant
    Marguerite Paquin
  • producer
    Pierre-Mathieu Fortin
  • cinematographer
    François Pesant
  • editing
    Vincent Guignard
  • sound design
    Catherine Van Der Donckt
  • music
    Jean-Olivier Bégin
  • location sound
    Richard Lavoie
  • production manager
    Geneviève Thibert
  • 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
  • foley
    Nicolas Gagnon
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Isabelle Lussier
  • 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 14 to 18

Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying
Health/Personal Development - Disease Prevention
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues

Short documentary that’s part of The Curve, a series about life during the pandemic. Filmmaker Christine Chevarie-Lessard interviews Sister Marguerite Paquin, who lives in a seniors’ home where 18 nuns from her religious congregation have succumbed to COVID-19. Could be used as part of a research project about the life of a nun, or the particular challenges seniors’ homes face during the pandemic.

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