Directed by Louise Archambault | Written by Louise Archambault
US release date: July 4, 2014
Directed by Louise Archambault
With Gabrielle Marion-Rivard and Alexandre Landry
103 min, Drama | Romance, Canada, 2013

Gabrielle is a 22-year-old woman with Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that often slows cognitive skills while increasing sociability and musical talent. She sings in a Montréal choir with other disabled adults, where she meets and falls in love with the dashingly handsome Martin (Alexandre Landry). The bliss of first love is interrupted, however, by Martin’s interfering mother, who worries that special needs individuals aren’t sufficiently fit for romantic relationships. What emerges in Archambault’s sweet, unassuming and confidently directed film is the portrait of a young woman fighting, in her own way, for acceptance and independence, and for her right to experience life’s highs and lows– with joy, pain, confusion and eventual understanding.

Gabrielle premiered at the 2013 Locarno International Film Festival, where it won the Piazza Grande Audience Award, and screened at the 2013 Toronto, Vancouver and Seattle film festivals, the 2013 AFI Fest and the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Gabrielle won two Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Marion-Rivard, and was nominated in four other categories. The film was also nominated for ten Jutra Awards (the annual cinema awards for French-speaking Canada), winning for Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing, and was hailed as the most internationally successful Québécois film of the year. 

“Gabrielle is at once a classical well as the specific account of the hurdles two grown-up but disabled individuals in love must face. Delightful newcomer Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who actually has Williams syndrome and plays a semi-autobiographical role, is a natural and superb theater actor. Alexandre Landry, who plays her lover, is equally beguiling.” - Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

Opens in the US on July 4th, 2014

- Opens in New York July 4, 2014 at Village East Cinema

- Opens in Los Angeles July 4, 2014 at Laemmle Music Hall

US Distribution: Entretainment One

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