un long fil d images

Le film de Justine

Justine's film
1989 - 46 min. - fiction - 16mm
French with English subtitles

A girl with a broken heart seeks refuge among friends
to overcome her pain. Unfortunately, she fails at the task
and then, she decides to undetake a treatment:
a detoxification of love.

with Marie-Hélène Montpetit


La Presse, 26 octobre 1989, Luc Perreault
«Le chant désespéré de Jeanne Crépeau»

Le Devoir, 11 novembre 1989,
France Lafuste, «Le goût du risque»

Les Cahiers du cinéma no 426, décembre 1989, Michel Boujut, «L'été des indiens»

Châtelaine, mars 1991, Nathalie Petrowski
«Jeanne, la tragi-comique»

Clin d'oeil, hiver 1990, Lucie Lavigne
«Têtes d'affiche»

LFDJ play

lfdj aff

lfdj 02

lfdj 3

lfdj 4
Marie-Hélène Montpetit,
Stéphanie Morgenstern, Danielle Trépanier and Denise Ménard





lfdj 11
Stéphanie Morgenstern, Danielle Trépanier and Denise Ménard

lfdj 8
Léa-Marie Cantin and Roc Lafortune

lfdj 10

lfdj ekip

top left:
Jean-Claude Mocik, Chantal Dagosneau, Josée Boisvert, Bruno Bazin, Marie-France Delagrave, Jo Caron, Dominique Roustain, Manon Briand, Carole Demers, Stéphanie Morgenstern, Rejean Goderre, Benoit Pilon, Marie-Hélène Montpetit, Chantal Neveu, Rafaël Reyes, Sylvaine Dufaux, Justine Pimlott, Danielle Trépanier, Denise Ménard, Jeanne Crépeau and Mireille Ouellet holding the slate.


Filming began in the spring of 1988. I had received a production grant from the Conseil des Arts du Canada and for the first time, I experienced the precious sensation of being supported in my work, thanks to Françoise Picard and Christian Mondor. Also thanks to the indefatigable Arlette Dion from the Aide au Cinéma Indépendant section of the National Film Board.

Our small crew invaded a house, on the corner of Duluth and Coloniale, with offices, and a workshop and bedroom on every floor.
My friends Dominique and Jean-Claude had made the trip from Paris to join us, even though the union had obliged them to occupy positions beneath their abilities. It was the third film I did with Marie-Hélène Montpetit and the first with Stéphanie Morgenstern (with whom I later shot Julie and Me). Our canteen was Achour’s place opposite.

After the shoot, I left for the Canadian Center For Advanced Film Studies (CFC). For months, I frequented train stations and took night trains between Toronto and Montreal, passing my weekends editing and my weekdays at the Center.

Slightly dazed from all of these trips, it was only after finishing the re-recording of the film that I decided to take out the direct sound of the dialogues of the three friends, which where too realistic in comparison with the fantasy of the rest of the film. I replaced them with bla-bla-blas that I did myself at the NFB’s vocal recording studio. After this session, and for many years to come, when I came across him in the corridor, the very serious recording technician favoured me with a huge grin.

Later, distributors Claude Forget and Richard Brouillette from Cinéma Libre warmly supported the film.


Mention "one of the most outstanding films of the year"
London FIlm Festival 1990

Special Jury Mention at Uppsala Short Film Festival 1990

Best directing, Best music, Best experimental film at
Yorkton short film festival 1990

Jury Honorable Mention at the Festival of Festivals, Toronto 1989


young woman in the appartment
Marie-Hélène Montpetit

young woman in the park at the end
Paula de Vasconcelos

the three friends
Danielle Trépanier
Stéphanie Morgenstern
Denise Ménard

the two italians
Roc Lafortune
Léa-Marie Cantin

young man alone in the café
Stephen Craig

young woman alone in the café
Josée Chaboillez

two lovers
Charlotte Laurier
Denis Trudel

fish store lady
Ariane Lee

guy on the bus
Stéphane Lestage

guy at the station
Gérard Soler

Benoit Pilon

graffiti artist
Pol Turgeon

repeat extras
Vratislav Hadrava
Jean Turcotte
Isabelle Guilbault
Carole Faucher

other extras
thanks to all our friends

Sylvaine Dufaux
Jeanne Crépeau
Yves Bélanger

Richard Comeau
(Mine de rien)

sound design
Catherine Van Der Donckt
(Pépita Broadcast)
Jeanne Crépeau
(non crédité)

Marc Pérusse
«tango des copines»
music by Jean Saint-Jacques

Justine Pimlott
Catherine Van Der Donckt
(Pépita Broadcast)

set design
Manon Briand

Josée Boisvert

make up
Mireille Ouellet

Réjean Goderre

casting consultant
Marie-Jan Seille

assistant director
Bruno Bazin

Chantal Neveu

assistant camera
Jean-Claude Mocik
Claudine Galipeau

Marie-France Delagrave

still photographer
Manon Briand
(and Sylvain Campeau
and Jeanne Crépeau - not credited)

jey eletric and grip
Rafaël Reyes

electric assistant
Paule Biron

set painter
Stephen Craig

Jean-Serge Boucher

assistant to the set designer
Geneviève Legault

trainee to the set designer
Jo Caron

trainee director
Chantal Dagosneau

production manager
Benoit Pilon

location managers
Carole Demers
Sylvain Arseneault
Dominique Roustain

production assistants
Nathalie Roy
Michel Briand

postproduction manager
Richard Comeau

associate producer
Joan Shafer

Richard Mondoux

negative cut
Bellevue Pathé Québec inc.

Jean Saint-Jacques
Richard Beaudet

assistant to sound editor
Mine de rien
(Richard Comeau)

Lisa Wedlock

Jean-Pierre Joutel
Daniel Pellerin

graphic arts
Manon Briand

English translation
Suzanne Harwood

«Justine’s song»
is sang by
Geneviève Paris
lyrics by Jeanne Crépeau
Suzanne Harwood
and Geneviève Paris
music by Marc Pérusse

Justine's film
written, directed and produced
by Jeanne Crépeau

thanks to
Bruno Jobin of Zone Productions
Patrick Arnaud of cinéma Parallèle
Raymond Brassard of Centre Auclair
Guy Beauchemin of Pinceau d’Arlequin
Dwight Smith of Zibra
Manu Lépine of Moliflex
Adriano Cameiro of Patisserie Stella
Don Haig of Film Arts

and specially to
Cyril Drabinsky of Film House

also thanks to
Céline Baril
Josée Beaudet
Monique Bessette
Boris Chasagne
Robert Daudelin
Louis Dusseault
Edouard Davidovici
Arlette Dion
Raôul Duguay
Pierre Grou
Suzaznne Kassabgui
Paul Lefebvre
Ghislaine Mathieu
Christian Mondor
Albanie Morin
Michel Murray
Fraçoyse Picard
Léa Pool
Michka Saal
Marie-Claude Trépanier

thanks to the staff of the
Canadian Film Center for Advanced Film Studies
and to all the NFB technicians

produced with assistance from
Canada Arts Council,
NFB French Program and its
Aide au Cinéma Indépedant (Québec)
and from Indie programm of the
Université du Québec à Montréal

with financial support from
Société générale des industries
culturelles du Québec

A very special thanks to
every cast and crew member who
supported that production
in a very essential way.

© les films de l’autre 1989


watch &