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Le piège d'Issoudun

Directed by Micheline Lanctôt
Canada, 2003 (fiction, 85 minutes, colour, French)
Also known as "Juniper Tree"

Film Description:
"A woman on the cusp of 40 decides to kill her two young children and commit suicide. She survives, however, and, in a state of shock, gets into her car and drives off, fully intending to kill herself in a car accident. A cop pulls her over for speeding. Noticing how upset she is, he decides to drive her back home. He begins to feel sympathy for the taciturn and distressed woman. A relationship develops between them, one of glances, wordless communication and compassion. When the cop drops the woman off at her home, he discovers the bodies of her two children and understands the full horror of what has happened. He decides to help her fulfill her ultimate wish: to die."
-- Telefilm Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Micheline Lanctôt
Produced by: André Gagnon / Carole Mondello / Michel Siry
Principal Cast: Shanie Beauchamps, Frédérick De Grandpré, Sylvie Drapeau, Pierre-Luc Lafontaine, Ghyslain Tremblay
Film Editing: Micheline Lanctôt
Music: François Lanctôt
Production Company: Stopfilm
(sources)

Quotes about Le piège d'Issoudun [in French]

"[Le piège d'Issoudun] aborde les sentiments indéchiffrables du ventre avec des mots et des images impuissants qui semblent provenir essentiellement de la tête. Ce décalage permanent, alimenté par des allers et retours entre la 'réalité' et le conte, reporte sur le film lui-même l'incompréhension et le malaise qu'inspire le sujet."
-- Martin Bilodeau (source)

"Sylvie Drapeau incarne magistralement une Esther vibrante et douloureuse. Frédérick de Grandpré est touchant en policier compatissant. On sort tout de même un peu frustré d'un film dont le personnage central demeure énigmatique."
-- Francine Laurendeau (source)

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