Twenty Days with Anne

Released May 9th 2014

A film by Michel Langlois

Produced by André Gagnon and Monique Huberdeau

Summer, 1975. A family-run inn in scenic Charlevoix, where Michel Langlois is working as a waiter. The famous poetess Anne Hébert has come here to vacation for three weeks. In the course of those twenty-odd days, an unexpected friendship develops between the young waiter and the famous writer. In the wake of their time together, letters are exchanged, with the pair keeping in touch over the years that followed. Other summer meetings took place, both in Charlevoix and even in Paris, where Anne lived.

Over the years, however, the meetings and letters grew less frequent, and – in time – silence settled in between them, the naïve young man still not fully aware or appreciative of the special gift that life had sent his way. The fragile bond of their friendship unraveled and frayed… then finally disappeared. Anne Hébert died in 2000, without Michel having seen or spoken to her in several years – a hard, cold fact that, today, he can neither forget nor fully forgive himself for.

This film is a quest to find some solace and closure, in revisiting places that were special to Anne Hébert (accompanied by actress Andrée Lachapelle, who brought Anne to life in the theatre). The film also celebrates what a very special woman Anne Hébert truly was – above and beyond her fame and celebrity – showcasing the special friendships and relationships that make up a life, when one has the heart and intelligence to cultivate and nurture them, to be true to them. They say that death ends a life, not a relationship – and that surely holds true here, as we follow Michel Langlois’ journey through the mists of memory and time, past and present, to find and reclaim an elusive yet impossible-to-forget special relationship, as impossible a goal as that may seem to be from the outset…

CANADA | 2012 | DOCUMENTARY | 86 MINUTES | HD

FRENCH WITH ENGLISH AND FRENCH SUBTITLES

One of the most notable Québec films of the year
— Breandan Kelly, The Montreal Gazette