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Viola Léger, Together

2013 5 min
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This short film pays tribute to Acadian actress Viola Léger. One of the brightest stars in Canada’s artistic firmament, Léger is best known for her role as La Sagouine in the play of the same name by Acadian writer Antonine Maillet. She has performed it more than 2,500 times, winning rave reviews for her authentic and engaging portrayal. In this film, an in-depth interview combined with archival photos and videos captures the passion and vitality of a woman who, at the venerable age of 82, is ever willing to take on the roles still being offered to her. Produced by …

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This short film pays tribute to Acadian actress Viola Léger. One of the brightest stars in Canada’s artistic firmament, Léger is best known for her role as La Sagouine in the play of the same name by Acadian writer Antonine Maillet. She has performed it more than 2,500 times, winning rave reviews for her authentic and engaging portrayal. In this film, an in-depth interview combined with archival photos and videos captures the passion and vitality of a woman who, at the venerable age of 82, is ever willing to take on the roles still being offered to her.

Produced by the NFB in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.
  • recipient
    Viola Léger
  • writer
    Rodolphe Caron
  • director
    Rodolphe Caron
  • director of photography
    Marcel Gallant
  • assistant camera
    Daniel Greenwood
  • sound recordist
    Georges Hannan
  • production manager
    Angèle Bertin
  • production stills
    Mathieu Léger
  • picture editing
    Marcel Gallant
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • original music
    Daniel Toussaint
  • sound design
    Daniel Toussaint
  • research
    Edith Brideau
  • rights clearances
    Edith Brideau
  • advisor, copyright clearing
    Sylvia Mezei
  • legal counsel
    Stéphanie L'Écuyer
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • credits
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • technical support
    Patrick Trahan
    Pierre Dupont
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • transcription services
    Suzanne Beaulieu
  • subtitling
    Paula McKeown
  • production coordinator
    Colette Allain
  • administration
    Geneviève Duguay
  • supervising project manager
    Rachel Punwassie
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Claveau
  • producer
    Maryse Chapdelaine

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Ages 10 to 18
Consider what the director is trying to convey by juxtaposing Viola Léger and her character, La Sagouine, throughout the film. What does Léger mean when she observes that different social classes and nationalities recognize themselves in her performance because “the real message is between the lines” (2:30)? At its core, La Sagouine is a play about human dignity. How does Léger exhibit dignity during her discussion of the Governor General’s Award (4:15)?