GAIL MAURICE | CANADA | 2022 | 90 MIN | FRENCH, ENGLISH + CREE S.-T.F.
A film about family, love and misfits, Métis writer/director/actor Gail Maurice’s debut feature takes us to the fringes of 1980s Montreal as seen through the eyes of a sweet, suddenly orphaned Indigenous girl and her newly chosen family.
Rosie (Keris Hope Hill) – young and orphaned – is forced to live with her reluctant street-smart auntie, Frédérique, aka Fred (Mélanie Bray). Rosie is thrust into the fringes of 80s Montreal into the care of Fred, who just lost her job, is on the verge of eviction, and who looks and sounds nothing like her. An artist who creates art from found and discarded objects or other peoples’ trash, Fred introduces Rosie to her two best friends Flo (Constant Bernard) and Mo (Alex Trahan), two glamorous, gender-bending street workers. In the end, Rosie transforms the lives of these colourful characters and finds love, acceptance, and a true HOME with her new chosen family of glittering outsiders. Touching on the Sixties Scoop and disconnection from Indigenous identity, ROSIE is an ode to finding your chosen family when your blood relations have been removed from the picture.
screening at Cinéma Impérial | NOVEMBER 18TH 7PM
with director / screenwriter Gail Maurice and her team: Mélanie Bray (Fred), Keris Hope Hill (Rosie), Alex Trahan (Mo), Arlen Aguayo Stewart, Jamie Manning
ONLINE (November 19th to 23rd)