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  (in credits order)

Elise Guilbault ... Jeanne

Patrick Drolet ... François
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie-Josée Bastien ... Bénévole refuge
Claude Binet ... M. Tremblay
Luc Bourgeois ... Urgentologue
Lise Castonguay ... Thérèse
Richard Champagne ... Agent de sécurité
Pierre Collin ... Prêtre confident
Benoît Dagenais ... Docteur Langlais

Stéphane Demers ... Mari de Lise
Raoul Desmeules ... Un aide
Muriel Dutil ... Mère de Jeanne
Denise Gagnon ... Grand-mère
Amélie Grenier ... Femme du refuge
Éveline Gélinas ... Jeune mère qui témoigne
Paul Hébert ... Prêtre qui bénit
Bonfield Marcoux ... Curé du village
Guillaume Meloche ... Patient urgence
Isabelle Pastena ... Femme du refuge
Micheline Poitras ... Femme du refuge
Lyne Riel ... Femme du refuge
Isabelle Roy ... Lise
Paul Savoie ... Mari de Jeanne
Michelle Sirois ... Infirmière urgence (as Michèle Sirois)
Jean-François Sénécal ... Agent de sécurité
Diane Verreault ... Ambulancier
Ghislaine Vincent ... Madame Filion

Directed by
Bernard Émond 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bernard Émond 

Produced by
Nicole Hilaréguy .... line producer
Bernadette Payeur .... producer
Original Music by
Robert M. Lepage 
Cinematography by
Jean-Claude Labrecque 
Film Editing by
Louise Coté 
Casting by
Marie-Jan Seille 
Production Design by
Gaudeline Sauriol 
Set Decoration by
Louise Pilon 
Costume Design by
Sophie Lefebvre 
Makeup Department
Brigitte Bilodeau .... makeup artist
Djina Caron .... key makeup artist
Daniel Jacob .... key hair stylist
Rock Poitras .... hair stylist
Pierre Saindon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Pierre Allard .... production manager
Laurent Communaux .... unit manager
Chantal Marcotte .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yanick DiVito .... third assistant director
Simon Dugas .... third assistant director
Fanny Hudon .... second assistant director
Catherine Lachance .... third assistant director
Francine Langlois .... first assistant director
Jeanne Leblanc .... third assistant director
Art Department
Josée Arsenault .... assistant set decorator
Christian Corvellec .... key painter
Elise de Blois .... props
Martin Dupré .... assistant property master
René Forest .... property master
Audrey Harvey .... painter
René Morin .... scenic technician
Suzanne Simard .... art department coordinator
Claude Tremblay .... construction coordinator
Christian Wolput .... scenic technician
Sound Department
Martin Allard .... sound
Daniel Bisson .... foley recordist
Monique Bisson .... assistant dialogue editor
Arun Blake .... assistant sound editor
Gregory Bolduc .... assistant sound mixer (as Grégory Bolduc)
Luc Boudrias .... sound re-recording mixer
Hugo Brochu .... sound
Marcel Chouinard .... sound
Jérôme Décarie .... foley artist
Nicolas Gagnon .... foley assistant
Henry Godding Jr. .... adr recordist
Clovis Gouaillier .... sound mixer
François Guérin .... boom operator
Hans Laitres .... assistant sound mixer
Claude Lajeunesse .... adr editor
Patrick Lalonde .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Marie-Eve Livernoche .... assistant sound editor
Marie-Eve Livernoche .... dialogue editor
Jacques Plante .... adr supervisor
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Auclair .... key grip
Yvan Brunet .... first assistant camera
Nicholas D'Annunzio .... grip (as Nicolas D'Annunzio)
Pierre Dury .... still photographer
Samuel Eusanio .... grip
Luc Gosselin .... electrician
Laurent Alexis Guertin .... second assistant camera
Olivier Hetu .... electrician (as Olivier Hétu)
Patrice Houx .... gaffer
Pierre Malo .... electrician
Serge Raymond .... best boy electric
Marc-André Thibeault .... best boy grip (as Marc-André Thibault)
James Zubilewich .... grip
Casting Department
Julie Breton .... extras casting
Paul Cauffopé .... casting: Québec
Marie-Jan Seille .... casting: Montréal
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie-Etienne Bessette .... costume assistant
Véronique Gagnon .... wardrobe
Alice Mayeux .... wardrobe
Martin Tarte .... costumer
Andrée Tremblay .... cutter
Renée Tremblay .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Claudine Blain .... negative cutter
Mathieu Bélanger .... assistant editor
Sylvain Marleau .... color timer
Music Department
Bernard Grenon .... music recordist
Robert Langlois .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Benoit Hurteau .... transportation coordinator
Guillaume Perreault .... transportation coordinator
Michel Perreault .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Guy Aumond .... production accountant
Suzie Bernier .... production assistant
Andrée Bouvier .... production coordinator
Thérèse Bérubé .... script supervisor
Yves Clément .... title designer
Marie-Christine D'Amours .... production secretary
Lise Dagenais .... title designer
Judith Dubeau .... unit publicist
Charlene Hodge .... accounting assistant
Melanie Lessard .... location manager
Jacques Plante .... adr director
Linda Torino Tondreau .... assistant location manager
Danny Turgeon .... key production assistant

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Also Known As:
"La neuvaine" - Canada (original title)
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Canada:97 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Superb film could use novena of its own to reach larger audience, 17 November 2005
Author: gerrystakes from Canada

If a single picture can be worth a thousand words of reflection on the theme of changing seasons, then a new motion picture by Quebec writer-director Bernard Émond (20h17 rue Darling) could be said to be worth a thousand verses on the subject of life passages, rebirth and recovery. The Novena also offers the most profoundly respectful representation of honest Catholic faith seen at the movies in a very long time. It does so without any cloying religious sentimentality or sermonizing. Moreover, while remaining rigorously realistic in showing deadly violence, illness, and unbelief, The Novena's greatest achievement is committing to film pure acts of meditative silence and healing kindness. Most of us during our lives will experience, or know someone who is challenged by, deep physical and/or mental distress. The expression "there but for the grace of God go I", comes easily when bad things happen to others. But if such events happen to us, we cannot be sure how well we will cope, no matter how much we are used to being in control. Will we find the loving supports or guardian angel to pull us through? The Novena is that rarity combining religious observance and secular life with total integrity, dignity, and no trace of irony. It is the creation of an assured filmmaker that compares with that of the Swedish master Ingmar Bergman. While some will find it too slow-paced and sombre, I applaud its meticulous measured unfolding as brilliantly acted, edited, and photographed. Each frame is exquisitely lit and composed, from shadowy interiors to panoramic landscapes. The Novena won three awards at the Locarno film festival in August, including best actor for Patrick Drolet. It was also shown at September's Toronto festival. But among the recent parade of quality Quebec movies (such as "C.R.A.Z.Y.", Canada's official entry in the best foreign-language Oscar sweepstakes)director Émond makes no crowd-pleasing concessions of any kind. For the sake of a larger audience and a North American release, The Novena could perhaps use one of its own.

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