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Aurore

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115 minutes
Release date: July 8, 2005
Canadian distributor: Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm

The first thing you need to know is this film is based on real events that happened in Québec. It is less important to know that the story has been filmed at least once before, in 1951. The true story has become part of Québec history and a number of books have been written about the events that unfolded in the early 1920s in rural Québec. The film begins in 1909 in the small village of Sainte-Philomène de Fortierville. There, Marie-Anne Caron gives birth at dawn to her second daughter. Marie-Anne and her husband, Télésphore name her Aurore, which is French for Dawn. As Aurore grows she is part of a loving and happy family, but tragedy strikes in 1918 when her mother dies of tuberculosis. Within a week of her mother`s death, Aurore`s father decides to remarry. He has been smitten by his cousin, Marie-Anne Houde. She even has the same first names as his late wife. But Marie-Anne is not the devoted stepmother everyone takes her to be. In fact she could be the model for all evil stepmothers in literature, but as stated, this film is based on a true story. Anne-Marie quickly takes control of her new home and begins to lay down the law. And the mistreatment of Aurore begins. Mistreatment that results in the death of the child. The film really centres on the last few months of Aurore`s 11-year life. A coroner`s inquest reveals that she died of blood poisoning, brought on by the horrific abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepmother. The sensational trial which followed these revelations had a profound and lasting impact on Quebec society. The film brings back an almost-forgotten period in Quebec`s history. What is ultimately chilling is the fact that people in the small village knew what was going on but preferred to remain silent. Even the local clergy was reluctant to intervene and prevent the tragedy.



Crew:
Producer:

Denise Robert
Daniel Louis

Director:

Luc Dionne

Screenwriter:

Luc Dionne

Cinematographer:

Louis de Ernsted

Editor:

Isabelle Dedieu

Composer:

Michel Cusson

Cast:Roles:

Michel Barrette
Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc
Noël Burton
Murielle Dutil
Michel Forget
Marianne Fortier
Rémy Girard
Yves Jacques
Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse
Meggie Lagacé
Stéphanie Lapointe
Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge
Gaston Lepage
Jean Marchand
Albert Millaire
Alice Morel-Michaud
Huguette Oligny
Serge Postigo
Francine Ruel
Luc Senay
Monique Spaziani
Catherine Trudeau
Christine Williams
Noémi Yelle
Marc-Olivier Lafrance
Catherine Faucher
Marie-Ève Beauregard
PierreCollin
Laurent-Christophe De Ruelle

Adjutor Gagnon
Marie-Anne Houde, the stepmother
Mr. Fitzpatrick
Mother Superior
Nérée Caron
Aurore
Oréus Mailhot & Daniel Mailhot
Father Leduc
Marie-Jeanne (at 12 years old)
Marguerite Leboeuf
Marie-Anne Caron
Charles Caron
Alphonse Chandonnet
Dr. Andronic Lafond
The Bishop
Aurore (at 6 years old)
An old woman
Télésphore Gagnon
Exilda Lemay
Arcadius Lemay
Arzélie Caron
Sister Anna
A singer
Véronique Caron
Young Boy 2
Student

Gédéon Gagnon
Gérard