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Gabrielle

Gabrielle
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  • This film played during the 2014 Florida Film Festival
  • Directed by: Louise Armchambault
  • Canada, 2013, 104 minutes
  • In French with English subtitles

Canada’s official selection for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards®, GABRIELLE is a captivating and tender film about a developmentally challenged young woman’s quest for independence and sexual freedom. Living in a group home, 22-year-old Gabrielle (Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who has Williams syndrome in real life) has fallen in love with the charming Martin, a fellow member in a choir for developmentally disabled adults. As the choir prepares to sing with a famous musician at a national concert, they begin to explore their feelings for each other only to have Martin's mother forbid their budding romance in an attempt to protect her son.  Gabrielle stubbornly tries to prove that she can be independent in hopes that living alone will mean she can be intimate with Martin.  Meanwhile, her older sister struggles with her own choices—will she stay and help Gabrielle find love, or follow her own heart and join her boyfriend in India? Produced by the team behind the Oscar®-nominated Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar, GABRIELLE is an extraordinary and delicate film about tolerance, finding happiness, and love.

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