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The Confessional (1995)

Le confessionnal (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 16 August 1996 (USA)
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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Robert Lepage

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Robert Lepage
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lothaire Bluteau ... Pierre Lamontagne
Patrick Goyette Patrick Goyette ... Marc Lamontagne
Jean-Louis Millette ... Raymond Massicotte
Kristin Scott Thomas ... L'assistante de Hitchcock
Ron Burrage Ron Burrage ... Alfred Hitchcock
Richard Fréchette Richard Fréchette ... André Lamontagne
François Papineau ... Paul-Émile Lamontagne
Marie Gignac Marie Gignac ... Françoise Lamontagne
Normand Daneau ... The Young Priest Massicotte
Anne-Marie Cadieux ... Manon
Suzanne Clément ... Rachel
Lynda Beaulieu Lynda Beaulieu ... Jeanne d'Arc (as Lynda Lepage-Beaulieu)
Pascal Rollin Pascal Rollin ... The Parish Priest Laliberte
Billy Merasty Billy Merasty ... Moose
Paul Hébert ... The Parish Priest (1989)
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Storyline

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 <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Country:

Canada | UK | France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

16 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bekännelsen See more »

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Gross USA:

$575,001
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1.85 : 1
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Jean-Louis Millette's last film. See more »

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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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Truly innovative film
3 January 2002 | by duke_manga_manSee all my reviews

Visually, this is one of the best films ever made. There are 3 elements, one in 1952 Quebec, one in 1989 Quebec and one actually from Alfred Hitchcocks "I Confess", of which this movie seems to be a realy loose remake of.

The way the film moves seamlessly between 1952 and 1989, and the odd dreamlike sequences that occur a couple of times, and the continous sequence of brilliant images is the best things of the film. The plot, however, does take a bit of a back seat,although the ending is excellent, and the Kristen Scott Thomas character is unneccesary.


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