• Canada
  • 75
  • PG
  • Carole Laganière
  • Colette Loumède (Producer)
  • Dominic Dorval (Cinematographer)
  • Aube Foglia (Editor)
  • Carole Laganière (Writer)
  • Luc Sicard (Music)

Two-time Hot Docs award-winning director (The Fiancée of Life and The Moon and the Violin) Carole Laganière dives deeply into personal territory in this beautifully crafted exploration of absence and loss and its painful effect on daily lives. Inspired by her mother’s steadily advancing Alzheimer’s and the inevitability of her estrangement, Laganière weaves their story with the stories of others wrestling with loss: Ines, an immigrant who returns to her birth country of Croatia to find the mother who abandoned her during the war; Deni, an American author who’s finally able to search for his Quebec roots; and Nathalie, who’s desperately looking for her missing sister. Through their experiences the film ponders how absence is often the catalyst for a quest—a quest for information, understanding and often acceptance. Through its many voices, Absences speaks to us of the immense fragility and resiliency of human emotions. Lynne Fernie

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