My Mother's Letters


TIFF Lightbox 4 Wed, May 2, 2018 6:00 PM
TIFF Lightbox 4 Fri, May 4, 2018 3:00 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 7 Sat, May 5, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Aging & the Elderly
Labour & Working People
Personal Histories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Serge Giguère
Producer(s):Amélie Lambert Bouchard
Sylvie Van Brabant
Editor(s):Catherine Legault
Writer(s):Serge Giguère
Cinematography:Katerine Giguère
Serge Giguère
Composer:Bertrand Chenier
Sound:Claude Beaugrand


In this very personal and poetic film, veteran documentarian Serge Giguère pores through 100 letters written by his late mother to him and his 15 siblings. In them, she details the trials and tribulations of raising 16 children in rural Quebec, while helping to run a family carpentry business. Through inventive and playful techniques, Giguère brings the stories alive, applying creative approaches to family photographs, archival footage and staged reenactments. He mixes his mother's stories with his own memories and those of his siblings, some of whom hear for the first time what their mother had to say about them. Through these intertwining stories, the film presents not only a testament of a mother's complicated love for her many children, but also offers an intimate look at 1950s working class Quebec. Aisha Jamal

Co-presented with Cinéfranco.