Centre Sandra et Leo Kolber | Salle Lucie et André Chagnon
LOUISE BOURGOIN will be present Saturday November 12th (10:45AM) and Sunday November 13th (3:30PM).
The birth of her baby turns a young woman's life upside down, pushing her to the limits of endurance, tenderness and sacrifice. Adapted from Eliette Abecassis' controversial autobiographical novel, A HAPPY EVENT breaks ingrained taboos about maternity, bringing to the screen the writer's comedic intimate diary. The immensity of love, dislocation and marital stress are all transformative - why does no one deal realistically with the demystification of pregnancy, birth, and maternity? This is Abecassis' refreshing and humorous story, adapted by director Rémi Bezançon, rarely socially or politically correct, starring Louise Bourgoin (CINEMANIA guest 2008) and Pio Marmaï (BAZAAR, at CINEMANIA 2010).
The 21st century Western childbearing generation has "discovered" maternity and branded it as their own unique experience. What frequently follows is obsessive childrearing and the lavishing of attention and financial resources on the very young. The film asks "have babies usurped all the available psychological space in modern society to the point where there is no breathing room for parents? How do parents cope with the sudden loss of freedom, the fatigue of infant care, and the apparent end of intimate coupledom they have come to know? Is coupledom doomed when babies are born?" Perhaps comedy is the best answer...
2011 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL GALA