After the sudden death of her mother, Aurore Gagnon is abused by her disturbed step-mother as her town remains in the silence followed by her death. Based on a true story.

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Télésphore Gagnon
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Marie-Anne Gagnon
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Curé Leduc
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Oréus Mailhot
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Marie-Anne Caron
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Marie-Jeanne Gagnon (12 ans)
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Nérée Caron
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Arzélie Caron
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Exilda Lemay
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Arcadius Lemay
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Alphonse Chandonnet
Alain Boucher
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The year is 1909. In the village of Sainte-Philomène de Fortierville, Marie-Anne Caron, wife to Télésphore Gagnon, gives birth to their second daughter, Aurore. The child grows up in a loving and happy family, but in 1918 her mother dies of tuberculosis. Shortly after, Télésphore Gagnon decides to remarry, having fallen under the spell of his beautiful cousin, Marie-Anne Houde. Marie-Anne is not the devoted stepmother everyone takes her to be, however. Following the death of Aurore, a coroner's inquest reveals that the young girl had 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 Québec society. Aurore depicts an almost-forgotten period and social milieu of Québec's history, finally giving voice to those who, at the time, knew what was going on but preferred to remain silent. Written by Anonymous

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Based on a real-life story from the 1920s and adapted a number of times for the theater and cinema. See more »

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Version of La petite Aurore l'enfant martyre (1952) See more »

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16 December 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I grew up in Quebec having heard about "Aurore. I never knew the details of what happened to her but when I cried after my mom beat me, she'd tell me to stop my crocodile tears and that her treatment of me was nowhere near as bad. I just saw the movie. Like others, no doubt, I wanted to climb into the movie and beat the crap out of the step-mother. It also made me so angry at the Church, and had to remind myself that it was not the institution, but rather the individual priest. In any event, this movie reminds us all that where there is abuse of any sort, we are responsible and cannot afford to walk away saying it's none of my business.


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