My Mother's Letters (Les lettres de ma mère)

Documentary | PG | 87 min.


Uptown Theatre 1 Sun, Feb 24, 2019 2:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Production Country:Canada
Original Langauge:French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Serge Giguère
Produced By:Amélie Lambert Bouchard
Sylvie Van Brabant
Screenwriter:Serge Giguère
Music By:Bertrand Chénier


In this very personal and poetic film, veteran documentarian Serge Giguère pores through over 100 letters written by his late mother to him and his 15 siblings. In them, she details the trials and tribulations of raising 16 children in rural Quebec, while helping to run a family carpentry business. Through inventive and playful techniques, Giguère brings the stories alive, applying creative approaches to family photographs, archival footage and staged re-enactments. He mixes his mother's stories with his own memories and those of his siblings, some of whom hear for the first time what their mother had to say about them. Through these intertwining stories, the film presents not only a testament of a mother's complicated love for her many children, but also offers an intimate look at 1950s working class Quebec. (Aisha Jamal/Hot Docs Film Festival)

Compétition Nationale Longs métrages - RIDM, 2017