Magazine article New Internationalist

Le Confessionnal

Magazine article New Internationalist

Le Confessionnal

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Le Confessionnal

directed by Robert Lepage

CANADIAN THEATRE DIRECTOR Robert Lepage - who established himself on the world stage with such dynamic and innovative pieces as Needles and Opium and Tectonic Plates - has made his cinema debut. The result is quite dazzling. Le Confessionnal is set in Quebec and spans a young lifetime as it moves between 1952 and the late 1980s. It pivots on an intriguing premise: in 1952 the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock came to the French - Canadian Canadian city to film I Confess - about a young priest facing the death penalty because of his refusal to break his confidentiality vow over the confessional. Pierre Lamontagne (Lothaire Bluteau) was in his mother's womb at the time but that summer's events are key to him as he becomes involved in his adoptive brother Marc's (Patrick Goyette) search for his real father. Marc is very much the drifting sort who has abandoned his go - go dancer girlfriend to turn tricks for rich and influential Johns. …

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