DONATION

V' 09

LA DONATION

LEGACY, THE

Bernard Emond
CAN, 2009
Fiction, 96min, OmeU

LA DONATION

Bernard Emond
CAN, 2009
Fiction, 96min, OmeU

Cast: 
Élise Guilbault
Jeanne Dion
Jacques Godin
Doktor Rainville
Eric Hoziel
Pierre Grégoire
Françoise Graton
Madame Laplante
Angele Coutu
Schwester Gaétane Rainville
Monique Gosselin
Madame Cholette
Screenplay: 
Bernard Emond
Sound: 
Hugo Brochu
Martin Allard
Stéphane Bergeron
Camera: 
Sara Mishara
Editor: 
Louise Côté
Composer: 
Robert Marcel Lepage
Decoration: 
Gaudeline Sauriol
Costume: 
Sophie Lefebvre

Production: 
Les Films Seville, ACPAV Production
World Sales: 
Seville Pictures 400 blvd. Maisonneuve Ouest, bur. 1120 Montreal QC, H3A 1L4, Kanada T +1 514 841 1910 internationalsales@sevillepictures.com
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Doctor Rainville, an old country doctor who has a deep attachment to his patients, is about to retire and is looking for a successor. Jeanne Dion, an emergency doctor from Montréal, agrees to come to Normétal to replace him for a few weeks, without considering staying any longer than necessary in the remote Quebéc village. Normétal is a town in decline whose only large employer, a mine, closed three decades ago. Life is hard there, and a doctor's relationship with his patients is much closer than Jeanne is used to after her experience in a large hospital's emergency ward. When the old doctor dies, Jeanne must decide whether to stay and accept a responsibility that comes with much more commitment than she had planned on.
Why did I revisit the character of Jeanne, the doctor from La Neuvaine? That film ended with a kind of stasis, in which all the questions raised remained unanswered. Jeanne, having been cured of her death wish, had decided to live. But how was she going to live? How would she give meaning to the rest of her life? In La Donation, Jeanne answers those questions by changing her life, leaving everything behind, giving of herself. (Bernard Emond)