The Passion of Augustine (La Passion D'Augustine)


Sequoia 2 Mon, Oct 12, 2015 5:15 PM
Rafael 2 Tue, Oct 13, 2015 2:00 PM
Throckmorton Theatre Fri, Oct 16, 2015 11:00 AM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Focus: The Beat Goes On(screen)
Running Time:103 min
Director:Léa Pool
Producer:Lyse Lafontaine
François Tremblay
Screenwriter:Marie Vien
Léa Pool
Cinematographer:Daniel Jobin
Editor:Michel Arcand
Cast:Celine Bonier
Lysandre Menard
Diane LaVallee
Valerie Blais
Pierrette Robitaille
Marie Tifo
Note Writer:Tim Sika


Vibrant and compassionate music teacher Sister Augustine, mother superior of a rural Catholic convent in Quebec, has a calling: to offer top-quality musical education to young women, regardless of social or economic background. The fruits of Sister Augustine’s efforts result in prize wins and medals for the girls from prestigious musical competitions. But harmony is broken with the arrival of musical prodigy Alice (who happens to be Augustine’s niece), and by the sweeping secular reforms of Vatican II. With Quebec’s “Quiet Revolution” afoot, in short order, the convent school’s fundingand survivalis at stake along with the nuns’ timeless way of life. Featuring a stellar performance by Céline Bonnier (Sister Augustine) and a magnificent soundtrack of classical and choral music, director Léa Pool’s film delights the ear, touches the heart, and authentically depicts parochial education and its historical time period with humor, poignancy, and elegance.

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Léa Pool is a Swiss-Canadian filmmaker who has also taught film at UQAM. Her 1986 film Anne Trister screened at the 36th Berlin International Film Festival. Her 1999 film Emporte-moi screened at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Special Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Her film À corps perdu (1988) was selected for official competition in the Venice Film Festival and her film Mouvements du désir (1994) screened at the Sundance Film Festival. She has been nominated three times for the Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction for her films La Femme de l'hôtel (1984), Mouvements du désir (1994), and Emporte-moi (1999). In 2006 she was awarded the Prix Albert-Tessier. In 2011, Pool completed the National Film Board of Canada documentary film Pink Ribbons, Inc., which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.