Brother Marie-Victorin on the big screen

The epistolary relationship between brother Marie-Victorin and the botanist Marcelle Gauvreau will be at the center of the drama. Tell me why these things are so beautiful…the next feature film by director Lyne Charlebois, which will mark her return to the cinema, 15 years after the film’s release Limit.

To create the script for this new film, the filmmaker read each of the letters that Marie-Victorin and Marcelle Gauvreau wrote to each other between 1933 and 1944 several times. De Montréal and her assistant explored in particular human sexuality, desire and “ biology unveiled”.

“It was a lot of work and research, confided Lyne Charlebois, we met on Wednesday on the film set.

“I read the letters but also many of Marie-Victorin’s writings. Although not a classic biographical drama, the movie is inspired by historical events. It was difficult to write, but Marie-Victorin was always with me! »


Mylène Mackay during a scene from the movie Tell me why these things are so beautiful...

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Mylène Mackay during a scene from the movie Tell me why these things are so beautiful…

It was Alexandre Goyette who was chosen to lend his features to brother Marie-Victorin in the film. Mylène Mackay plays the scientist Marcelle Gauvreau. Curious fact: the actress had already played this same character in 2019 in the forgotten flowersby filmmaker André Forcier.

a movie about love

Tell me why these things are so beautiful… It will follow two parallel love stories: the platonic one between Marie-Victorin and Marcelle Gauvreau but also that of two characters who are evolving in our time, also played by Alexandre Goyette and Mylène Mackay.


Director Lyne Charlebois during filming.

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Director Lyne Charlebois during filming.

“For me, it was even stronger to take their relationship out of its historical context,” explains Lyne Charlebois. I wanted to show how modern what Marie-Victorin said in the 1930s was. I found it more interesting to put this story in parallel with today’s love affairs. For me, it’s a movie about love. »

Although she’s done a lot of TV work in recent years, Lyne Charlebois hasn’t made a movie since. Limitreleased in 2008. It is about veteran producer Roger Frappier (the great seduction) who approached her with this idea for a screenplay.

“When I read Marie-Victorin’s biocharts, I thought of her,” says the producer, who was nominated for an Oscar last year for the film. the power of the dog.

“Lyne has been involved in this project in an incredible way. She put cinema in this story. »


The film crew is preparing images for one of the scenes.

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The film crew is preparing images for one of the scenes.

After filming for twenty days in Minganie and Montreal last fall and this winter, Lyne Charlebois will travel to Cuba in the next few days to film the last scenes of the film. Tell me why these things are so beautiful… It will hit theaters next fall.

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