One of France’s most passionate feminist and LGBT activists, Thérèse Clerc was at once an icon of militancy and a woman you wished was your best friend: ardent, funny, sharp, generous. Approaching the end of her life, she asked director Sébastien Lifshitz to witness her final months so she could confront yet another taboo: aging and death. Looking back over a remarkable evolution, the film celebrates the legacy of a life lived to the fullest. Once a typical 50s housewife, Thérèse came out as a lesbian later in life, and relentlessly fought for the legalization of abortion, gender equality and gay rights. She changed so dramatically that her four children feel they all experienced a different mother. A Queer Palm winner at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, this tender and graceful portrait is also a lesson in empathetic filmmaking, revealing an exceptionally deep bond between author and subject. Charlotte Selb
Co-presented by Inside Out.