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This animated short is an ode to Louise, a fiercely independent 96-year old inspired by animator Anita Lebeau's grandmother. Speaking in her own voice, Louise takes us through a day in her busy life near the town of Bruxelles, in rural Manitoba. Between coping with garden gophers and reaching cupboards that have grown taller, Louise's plans sometimes miscarry, her sense of humour is foolproof.

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Louise, Anita Lebeau, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • direction
    Anita Lebeau
  • story
    Anita Lebeau
  • producer
    Michael Scott
    Jennifer Torrance
  • animation
    Jason Doll
    Anita Lebeau
    John Tanasiciuk
  • backgrounds
    Anita Lebeau
  • digital paint
    John Tanasiciuk
  • compositing
    John Tanasiciuk
  • voice
    Louise Marginet
    Roger Currie
  • original music composer
    Robert Marginet
  • music performer
    Robert Marginet
  • sound editor
    John Schritt
  • location sound
    Tony Wytinck
  • sound mixer
    Serge Boivin
  • foley artist
    Russ Dyck
  • online editor
    Denis Pilon
  • digital consultation
    Susan Gourley
  • digital film recording
    Pierre Landry
  • production supervisor
    Scott Collins
  • program administrator
    Cyndi Forcand
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
    Svend-Erik Eriksen

  • None

    Such rich visual detail, so personal, and the simple narration was perfect right up to the last line which made me laugh! Well done Anita and thank you.

    None, 11 Mar 2019
  • Jenna424

    This made me miss my Gramma. Louise's voice reminds me of my Gramma.

    Jenna424, 8 Jul 2011
  • jamesweld

    No arthritis, but she is alone. It made me sad

    jamesweld, 23 Apr 2011
  • nanoose

    I have begun illustrating my own family stories, including a story about my husband's French-Canadian grandmother. I found this story so endearing - I hope I live as long as Louise!

    nanoose, 10 Mar 2011
  • piaka

    Absolutely delightful! I love the blend of animation and photographs. The character of Louise really shines through. Very well done with the details being very poignant. In one day, there is a history journey of many years. That's cool!

    piaka, 9 Mar 2011
  • lisbeth

    Umm, what's with all the flies? Was there something dead in or around her house? Kind of distracting. Other than that it was a super-cool short film. Love her attitude. Reminds me of my mom and grandmom. - L

    lisbeth, 7 Mar 2011
  • Loubaril

    I wish I had a grandma, especially one like her. Actually, I hope I'll be just like her when I get old. I really enjoyed it and I could have watched her through a whole week of her routine. Thank you for this story.

    Loubaril, 4 Mar 2011

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