Director Francis Leclerc is less interested in conventional narrative or sentiment than in portraying the dreamlike nature of Fanny's fragile life, which is endangered by any act of defiance, such as smoking and drinking. As Marthe, Fanny Mallette rivets the screen, running a complex gamut of emotions and engaging the heart. The movie is not as expansive as it could be (we never see enough of Marthe's grabbing at life's experiences) but it's effective and memorable. Starring Fanny Mallette, Hugues Frenette, Richard Fagon and Evelyne Rompre. Directed Francis Leclerc. Written by Marcel Beaulieu, Francis Leclerc, Nathalie Theocharides and Marie-Josee Bastien. Produced by Barbara Shrier. No distributor set. Drama. French-language, subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 91 min.
Une Jeune Fille A La Fenetre
An impressionistic gem, "Une Jeune Fille a la Fenetre ("A Young Girl at the Window") signals the arrival of a notable new talent behind the camera. The young girl of the 1920s Quebec-set film is Marthe (Fanny Mallette), who, despite a potentially fatal heart defect, decides to live life to the fullest by leaving her country home to study piano in the city of Montreal. There she befriends a group of bohemians, finds love and also learns of life's harsh realities.