Entertainment One presents the heartwarming drama “Gabrielle.” It is written and directed by Louise Archambault. Its cast members include Gabrielle Marion-Rivard (Gabrielle), Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin (Sophie), Sébastien Recard (Raphael), Vincent-Guillaume Otis (Remi) and Alexandre Landry (Martin). It opened in U.S. theatres on Nov. 9, 2013. It will open in Australia on June 19, 2014. It will also be up for limited release on April 18, 2014. Read on for the “Gabrielle” movie review including a brief synopsis of the film.
“Gabrielle” Film Synopsis:
The story is about a girl named Gabrielle. Gabrielle was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, but she is musically inclined. She was a member of Les Muses de Montreal, a choir composed of developmentally challenged singers. She lived in a home with four adults, who have similar conditions.
Gabrielle fell in love with Martin, her co-choir member. Not only were their families disturbed regarding the situation, but also the social workers. The real question behind their anxiousness was: Can Gabrielle and Martin handle a relationship?
Gabrielle’s sister, Sophie, was very much supportive of her endeavors. However, she was planning to move to India to be with her boyfriend Raphael. She kept on delaying her departure for fear that her sister might not take it well.
Despite all the sadness and prejudice she was facing, Gabrielle managed to keep up among the odds and managed to win her freedom.
“Gabrielle” Movie Review:
“Gabrielle” received a whopping 100% rating from Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics, even if it is yet to open in Australia on June 19, 2014 and is up for limited release on April 18, 2014. Moreover, 98% of the moviegoers would like to see this film. Who would not anyway?
Liam Lacey of Globe and Mail praised the films unusual kind of musical.
“Instead of a message movie, Gabrielle is a romance and an unusual kind of musical that seamlessly integrates special needs actors with the other cast members,” wrote Lacey in his Globe and Mail feature.
Toronto Star’s Peter Howell, on the other hand, pointed out Archambault’s use of music to maintain the positive energy of the film.
“Archambault’s frequent use of music – everything from choral to classical to electropop to samba – helps maintain energy and positive vibes in a film that could easily turn maudlin or didactic,” said Howell in the Toronto Star report.
Moreover, Canada has chosen “Gabrielle” as its entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category in the 86th Academy Awards.
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