MARIE-HÉLÈNE and THOMAS have been lovers for five years now, in Montreal, where they each have their own apartment. She lives alone, and he lives with his wife, GISÈLE and their daughter, CLAIRE.

Thomas has a bicycle accident and goes into a coma. Marie-Hélène finds out through JOHN her ex-lover and Thomas’s friend. Though Thomas and Marie-Hélène have recently split up, she goes to visit him in the hospital

each day, when his wife is not there. Convinced that he can hear her, and to keep him interested in life, Marie-Hélène describes to him moments and gestures from her encounters with the people in the street that she photographs. She pleads with him to come out of the coma. Day by day, she weaves a thread inside of Thomas that becomes his lifeline to memory and creativity.

Through Marie-Hélène’s photographs and tales, we encounter varied colorful characters. Humorous and sad scenes from daily life are cut with reminders of Marie-Hélène’s and of Thomas life together, and flashbacks to earlier moments they once shared.

A voice, that of MARIE-HÉLÈNE’s MOTHER, reads excerpts from a book she read in the past, conveys part of the disturbing Voice of the Shadow linking childhood memories to the dramatic past of the characters.


Press book : Press book (english version)

La bande amorce

Reading of the film by Guy Magen, semiologist, producer Damien Jarnac, BAAM, France


Director’s note

Facing a coma (the representation of a wounded environment that is the reflection of our society) in a bleeding, amnesiac present looking towards a future with no horizon, can a woman whose youth is well behind her believe that sharing the little events of day-to-day living will sustain the life force of a consciousness that appears to be disconnected. Can she believe that a romance coming late in life—hard to compare to the bursting fireworks of youthful passion—will have the strength to colour existence with an aura of tenderness while regenerating a presence in the world out of absence? What is this voice of the shadow, diaphanous and multitudinous, that insinuates itself into memory and recalls the past history of Marie-Hélène and Thomas? These characters do not seem torn up by what they are experiencing, although their experience is a melodrama in which the past rises to the surface. Will there be acceptance? Resilience? The wisdom that can reduce to nothingness any and all acts of revolt, even if it is true that indignation knows no age? What marks has “epi-genesis” left on their lives, and what force engenders a belief in life and creation? What do poetry and love represent here? Are the characters risking their hide?

These questions were the primary driving force behind the script for La voix de l’ombre (The Voice of the Shadow), which I began writing in 2008. Having come to film directing in 2007, self-taught, as I was for all disciplines that I had previously taken on, I did not approach the act as a stylistic exercise. This, my first feature-length film, does not seek to adhere to a pre-established form, though certain renegade forms of questioning from my writing do run through it—namely, the overlapping of layers of memory and facts that shatter the story’s timeframe, giving way to a more random, inward timeframe. For me, the voice of the shadow— La voix de l’ombre—is perhaps this rising-up of memories of films from the early days, with their melodramas, their double exposures, and their calls to dreaming and introspection.

In a word, after the many difficulties overcome to produce this film, and with the wisdom of hindsight, this film could not have been anything but what it is. Questions remain for me to share, and a cinematographic path beckons to me.


DISTRIBUTION (World less France)

(Monde moins la France) AZ FILMS, Montréal




France Castel

Marie-Hélène age 27

Isabeau Blanche

Marie-Hélène ado

Sarah-Ève Grandmaison

Marie-Hélène age 5

Émilie Bierre

Marie-Hélène age 3

Charlotte Giraldeau


Mario Saint-Amand

Thomas age 17

Francis Tremblay

Thomas age 7

Léo Deslauriers

Little girl age 3

Juliette Bierre

Boy age 3

Charles William Ross

Boy age 8

Frédéric Brault

Boy age 10

Marc-Antoine Foucault

Marie-Hélène’s Mother

Isabelle Laurier


Jean-François Blanchard

The Benchman

Philippe Vasseur


Isabelle O’Brien


Laetitia Isambert-Denis


Mylène Savoie

Bandit and man on bridge

Gabriel Paré

Thomas’s Father

Maxime Laurin


Isabelle Paré

Marie-Hélène’s mother’s friend

Manon Brunet

Thomas’ s father ‘s accomplice

Antoine Portelance

Nurse Irina

Martina Govednik


Nicolas Chabot

Hospital’s assistant

Valérie Cantin


Paul Stewart

Young woman.

Meliza Lejeune

Written and Directed by

Annie Molin Vasseur


Nicolas Venne & Abbey Neidik (2nd unit)

Film editing

Philippe Vasseur & Annie Molin Vasseur

Supervisor Film editing

Natacha Dufaux

Assistant Film editing

Salomé Dufaux Mathieu

Online editing

Sébastien Ventura


Justin Béchard & Patrick Spisak

Sound concept

Georges Forget

Sound editing and mix

Louis Haeri


Marc Desborde

Assistant Director

Catherine Lachance & Maud Boisnard (2nd unit)

3rd Assistant Director

Daniella Jovanovic & Catherine Szabo


Nathalie Bayle

Assistant interactive writting

Nathalie Roy

Artistic director

Marie-Ève Bolduc

Artistic director’s assistants

Julie Chamberland, Anette Belley & Philippe Vasseur

Production manager

Marc Cunningham

Production coordinator

Geneviève Joly

Postproduction manager

Gérard Jongis

Postproduction advisor

Pierre Thériault


Davy Derouault & Nadine Demeule

Sound engineer

Philippe Scultéty

Boom operator

Julien Gabillaud


Simon Lamarre-Ledoux

Lighting technicians

Xavier Boisvert & Yannick Vigier

TGDN/1st assistant camera

Olivier Arends Leblanc

Costumes, dresser.

Noémi Poulin

Assistants dresser

Maria Pasik & Audrey Chikhani

Chief make-up artista

Jean-Sébastien Ouellet

Make-up effects

Ève Monnier

Chief hairdresser

Richard Hansen

Set photographer

Yves Medam

Archival photos

Pierre Crépô, Nicolas Venne & Annie Molin Vasseur

Casting, extras

Carole Dionne

Exterior locations Manager.

Marie-José Bernard

Assistant locations Manager.

Virginia Leurent De Wavrin Bonnevie

Production assistants

Jim Lévesque & Kevin Bujold


Martin Letendre

Song Quand on y pensé

Groupe Renuvo

Piano performer Satin

Guillaume Dubois

Poem C’est à vous que je parle.
(Éditions Caractères, Paris, 2014)

Annie Molin Vasseur

Poem reader

Isabelle Laurier

Visual art works:

Georges Autard
Denis Demers
Serge Lemoyne
Louise Paillé
Jean-Luc Poivret
Ody Saban
Francine Simonin
Judith Wolfe


Margaux Ouimet (sous-titres en anglais)
Mark Stout (poème C’est à vous que je parle, en anglais)


Landry Maltraiteur


Annie Molin Vasseur

Thanks to  :

Mathieu Demers
Jacques Frigon
Michel Giroux
Catherine Grégoire
Hamid Hoveyda
Francine Larivée et Claude Grenier
Huguette Le Gall
Véronique Marino
Jean-Michel Molin
Thierry Paradis
Ginette Petit
Yvon Rivard
Joël Serra
Christelle Le mas de Provence
Productions Murmures
Cent visages de la figuration

visa d’exploitation no 139.316


France Castel is by turns a singer, an actress and a talk-show host. She is quite well-known to television viewers who are accustomed to seeing her on many different shows, year after year: «Prozac», «Ramdam», «Lance et compte», «Les Super Mamies», «L’Or», «La part des anges», «Omerta», «Le Volcan tranquille», «Urgence», «Sous un ciel variable», and «Scoop», to name but a few. Her film work includes roles in a score of movies, including «Je me souviens», «Les 3 P’tits cochons» (The 3 Little Pigs), «La Lune viendra d’elle-même», «Karmina», «La Comtesse de Bâton Rouge», «Une histoire inventée», «Coteau rouge», and «Sur le rythme» by up-and-coming director Charles-Olivier Michaud. Her theatre credits include «Les Girls à Clémence», «La mort d’un commis voyageur» (Death of a Salesman), and «Demain matin Montréal m’attend». More recently, she has graced the stage in a number of summer theatre productions.

Since she hosted «Deux filles le matin» with France Beaudoin and «Droit au cœur» on Radio Canada, we have witnessed how all facets of France Castel’s life have contributed to her qualities as a talk-show host. Her generous nature, her ability to listen, her vibrant presence, and her infectious laugh are all traits that make her eminently qualified to take the helm of the program «Pour le plaisir».

For over 20 years, Mario Saint-Amand has been offering up the fruits of his gifts as an actor in roles as varied as they are intense in both film and television. His film career began in 1989 in the film «Love-moi», directed by Marcel Simard, a film that deals with juvenile delinquency. We were then able to appreciate his talent in «L’automne sauvage» and «Karmina», both directed by Gabriel Pelletier. In the fall of 2007, André Forcier offered him a role in «Je me souviens». And in 2009, under the direction of Julien Knafo, he played a young father troubled by his past in the film «Lucidité passagère».

In 2011, he landed a major role, playing Gerry Boulet in the film «Gerry», directed by Alain Desrochers. He then performed in «Coteau Rouge» with André Forcier. In 2011 and 2012, he took part in a theatrical creation staged by Dominic Champagne entitled «Tout ça m’assassine» before going on tour in Quebec with his production of Mario Saint-Amand music, «On passe nos blues».

Isabelle Laurier is an actress who dances, sings, and writes. She has performed in a variety of plays, including «Les Amants du Métro» and «L’Œuf». Her preferred medium is film. She has had roles in a score of short films and nearly 10 feature-length films. She appeared in «Piché» «entre Ciel et Terre», «Gerry», «The Girl with the White Coat», and «The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom». She played the leading role in «L’Éclosion», «Les Traits», «Chimériques», «Les Cicatrices», and «Mille Images valent un Mot», among other films.

Isabelle is also a musician and has studied and plays several musical instruments, among them the piano, the oboe, and the guitar. She has danced classical ballet as well as modern jazz, hip-hop, and salsa; and she sings jazz, rock, and varieties.

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