The Confessional (1995)
"Le confessionnal" (original title)

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The year is 1952, in Quebec City. Rachel, 16, unmarried, and pregnant, works in the church. Filled with shame, she unburdens her guilt to a young priest, under the confidentiality of the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Lamontagne
Patrick Goyette ...
Jean-Louis Millette ...
Raymond Massicotte
Assistant to Hitchcock
Ron Burrage ...
Richard Fréchette ...
André Lamontagne
François Papineau ...
Paul-Émile Lamontagne
Marie Gignac ...
Françoise Lamontagne
Normand Daneau ...
The Young Priest Massicotte
Anne-Marie Cadieux ...
Lynda Beaulieu ...
Jeanne d'Arc (as Lynda Lepage-Beaulieu)
Pascal Rollin ...
The Parish Priest Laliberte
Billy Merasty ...
Paul Hébert ...
The Parish Priest (1989)


The year is 1952, in Quebec City. Rachel, 16, unmarried, and pregnant, works in the church. Filled with shame, she unburdens her guilt to a young priest, under the confidentiality of the confessional. In the present year of 1989, Pierre Lamontagne has returned to Quebec to attend his father's funeral. He meets up with his adopted brother, Marc, who has begun questioning his identity and has embarked on a quest for his roots that would lead them to the Quebec of the 1950s. Past and present converge in a complex web of intrinque where the answer to the mystery lies. Written by L.H. Wong <>

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Release Date:

16 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bekännelsen  »

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CAD 597,710 (Canada)

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This is the first film as a movie director by Robert Lepage, a famed Canadian play director. See more »


References Vertigo (1958) See more »


Composed and Performed by Stefan Girardet and Alison Goldfrapp
Published by Pollyanna Productions (1995)
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In a word: great.
18 June 2000 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

I work in a video store, and when people ask me if I know a great movie, I am inclined to recommend Le Confessional. This film has got it all: drama, comedy, sex and mystery. Lepage has written an amazing screenplay, which is greatly compelling for the viewer. As a film student, I was also very appealed by the visual aesthetics of Le Confessional. Lepage has used a lot of color symbolism, which is truly eye candy. On the downside, the story is at times confusing, namely because of the two different time frames, but hey, it's Canadian. Overall, I highly appreciated this film and I think you should see it.

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