Gerçure (A Touch of flu)
1988 - 17 min. - fiction - Umatic video
French with English subtitles
Because of her leaky boots, a young woman
catches a big flu. She talks about it as if she was
a tv news anchor. A French journalist investigates.
A doctor explains the case. Joe six-pack gives us
with Isabelle Guilbault, Jacques Bureau and
When Isabelle Guilbault went to present
Gerçure at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Rabat in September
1990, she had caught the ‘flu, owing to the hotel’s full-throttle air
conditioning. The audience thought that it was her natural state,
despite the fact that the role had been magnificently composed with the
help of make-up artist Mireille Ouellet.
Fiction caught up with life.
woman with the flu
voice of French radio
and extras of
director of photography
music and sound design
and video record
images Super 8
sound editing technician
a vidéo by
thanks to Michel Sénécal and
Suzanne Kassabgui du
Dépt. des Communications of UQAM
Louise Brodeur and
Christophe Flambard of Vidéographe
Les films de l’autre inc. and
Le Vidéographe inc.
The very clever Normand Fortin in the appartment where we shot Gerçure.
this video as part of my studies at the University of Quebec in
Montreal, with my partners in crime Normand Fortin, Gilles Lavigne,
Josée Morin, and Chantal Neveu. My colleagues motivated me to
direct an exercice despite the fact that I was very sick.
I made my most autobiographical (sic) film. I had the pleasure of
working with an actress that I had seen performing in our secondary
school troupe: Isabelle Guilbault. I remember the irrepressible fits of
laughter that often arose, which we managed to contain during takes.
Gerçure travelled widely, thanks to the joyful dynamism of Jean Tourangeau and Luc Bourdon from Vidéographe.
I presented the film in Berlin in February 1989. When the train arrived at the border of the Deutsch
Demokratische Republik, a German officer
placed a temporary visa in my passport.