“Love is a gypsy
child, it has
never known
man’s law.”
“And in your arms
I’ve known drunkenness.”
“Men are sobeautiful, we...
Michèle Chappaz
“Words, words, words...”
The soundtrack for Ladies ...
The camera slides from one face to another, from a
smile to a meaningful look. A voice, then a hand –
every m...
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Press Kit Ladies and Gentlemen 4pages

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  • 1. “Love is a gypsy child, it has never known man’s law.” “And in your arms I’ve known drunkenness.” “Men are sobeautiful, weare always proud to beseen with one in tow.” Stéphane Duquette David Boisclair “...tell me softly ‘Michèle I love you’,for my love still remains the same.” David had already produced and directed five short films since graduating from Concordia University’s film production program in Montreal. What’s Eating You? (2002) screened at the Montreal World Film Festival and the Toronto World of Comedy International Film Festival. He also had experience in publicity and writing, and had worked in marketing for the National Film Board of Canada before starting up his own company, Hysterico Productions. Meanwhile, Stéphane has worked on a variety of productions involving theatre and song, and has been involved in directing as well as set and costume design. He is always looking for new ways to incorporate the arts into his teaching, and believes firmly that they have a positive influence on students’ edu- cational progress. The school board agreed to let Stéphane keep his students for two years, through both grades one and two. Then he developed a two-year program for them, built around participation in the film. It touched on art, expression, language and history, and also involved studying the per- iod in which the film is set – learning about the songs, their origins, and the backgrounds of both the singers and their countries. IntheBeginning:TwoFriends,OneIdea One day, Stéphane Duquette had a revelation. He was teaching a grade one class – perhaps one of the greatest class he’d ever had – and he called up David Boisclair to tell him he had a very special pro- ject in mind for them. Stéphane, who has taught in the Grandes-Seigneuries school board since 1994, wanted to make a film featuring his students. And David, who has always been driven by a passion for the arts, immediately agreed to direct. While Stéphane was teaching, David threw himself into the creation process, making sure the project could get off the ground. David is one of these people who is always brimming with visual and story ideas for projects, and he somehow manages to make them all a reality. He likes to underline elements of beauty and absurdity, using a highly developed sense of aesthetic combined with humour, all built with surgical precision on the little details that can crack up an audience. Assembling a team as enthusias- tic as he did was proved surprisingly easy. The atmosphere is cool, but electric. The patrons, dressed to the nines, speak in hushed tones – we catch snippets of conversation, see eyes meet and smiles exchanged. There’s a sense of anticipa- tion, as though champagne corks are ready to pop. Ladies and gentlemen, the evening is getting underway! Couples meet to the sound of a cappella voices singing of love. The music – by Luc Plamondon, Patricia Kaas, Edith Piaf, Gérard Lenorman, Jean-Pierre Ferland and others – is sung by adults. But the couples are played by children: 26 seven-year-old whose teacher worked with them throughout the project. It’s a dance-filled evening of emotion: from love to laughter, tears, anger, and back to love again. Voices mingle and dancers glide through an evening bursting with life and excitement. Achic,1930s cabaret...
  • 2. Trivox Louis-Michel Taillefer Virgo Michèle Chappaz “Words, words, words...” 20Musical Excerpts The soundtrack for Ladies and Gentlemen served as the underlying material for the film – and led to an unusual storyboard based on choreography set to a musical montage. Stéphane believes that music opens up our sense of our own humanity, as songs carry thoughts, ideas, feelings and ways of understanding. They pass on philosophies and stories that givemeaningtoourrea- ding. In his opinion, the arts are a way to bring children out of their shells – to help them take their place on the stage of life. Give yourself over to the arts and you have the opportunity to make a lasting mark. Together, David and Stéphane rifled through their music collections, pulling out the great romantic classics they love. Soon, Stéphane’s living room floor was covered in cut-out lyrics, assembled to form the film’s narrative arc and dialogue. Each scene is made up of excerpts from 20 songs, pla- ced back to back. They determine every action. For David, directing was like choreographing with great precision a ballet set to pre-recorded vocals. Put together, each musical excerpt create a unique moment within a truly elegant soirée. Achic,1930scabaret.Theatmosphereiscool,butelec- tric.Thepatrons,dressedtothenines,speakinhushed tones – we catch snippets of conversation, see eyes meetandsmilesexchanged.There’sasenseofantici- pation, as though champagne corks are ready to pop. Ladies and gentlemen, the evening is getting under- way! Children play adults, putting on airs, hitting the rightnotes.Loveisnevereasy.Onstage,acabaret sin- ger starts off the evening with Bizet’s Carmen, and its famous chorus: “If I love you, beware!” Carmen serves as a motif that punctuates the evening’s drama, as the film thumbs its noseattraditionalcontinuityconventions– withthreevoices,metaphoricalcharac- ters, and a singer who owns the stage, drawing out her notes, winking at love with a smile at the corner of her mouth. Couplescometogetherandmoveapartto thesongs’themes:Monmecàmoi(MyGuy); C’est beau un homme (Men Are Beautiful); Coeur de rocker (Cold, Cold Heart); Aimer d’amour(EasytoLove);L’amourestunoiseau rebelle(LoveisaRebelliousBird).Loveamuses,betrays, deceives,carriesaway,confronts,inspires,limits,trans- cends, enrages, illuminates. The voices mingle with eachotherandwithexpectantlooks–onegesturesaying it all. And the musical excerpts keep coming: Emmène- moi danser ce soir (Take Me Dancing Tonight); T’es mon amour t’es ma maîtresse (You’re My Love My to perform the music for Ladies and Gentlemen. Throughout the film, the three voices respond to each other, intermingle, multiply, and complement each other through the 20 song excerpts. Together, the three members of Trivox create original and exci- ting interpretations of songs very familiar to anyone who knows and loves French music. AGradeTwoClass Stéphane frequently finds himself inspired by the students in his classes. But this was a class that took that inspiration to another level. He taught them for two years, throughout the whole period leading up to the film shoot, and wanted all 26 to have the opportunity to be more than just consumers of cul- ture. Instead, they would get to participate in its creation. The students worked on all aspects of the film: research, production and distribution. In the process, they also learned that we are the actors of our own lives – and that we can direct our own actions. It was Stéphane’s goal to become more than an instructor teaching a program... He wanted to inspire students to take charge of their own lives – to create, to reach higher, to amaze themselves. 26Seven-Year-OldStudents All of the students in the class perform on screen. Every single one participated in the film. Some are featured more promi- nently than others, because they chose to be. Others may show only a smile. Regardless, all have tremendous pre- sence. Their professionalism, talent and charm shine clearly onto the screen. The students were fascinated by the film’s preparations and the five demanding days of shooting. And all are proud of the result. Mistress) Michèle; Paroles, paroles (Words, Words); Si j’étais un homme (If I Were a Man). And it ends with everyone together in chorus, raising glasses and voices – to love, to life, to song, and to film. ThreeVoices The three voices are known collectively as Trivox. Michèle Chappaz, Virgo and Louis-Michel Taillefer met by chance in 2002, and discovered they had the same playful creative flair. The three come from dif- ferent backgrounds, and they draw on their various musical cultures to perform rich and innovative inter- pretations of songs. Trivox believes that the passion for singing comes from the deepest part of one’s being. It’s a desire they cultivate in an atmosphere fostering confi- dence, bringing creativity to the forefront. When David and Stéphane met Trivox, they imme- diately realized these were the voices they wanted Gabrielle Archambault Samuel Aubé Alexis Belleville Claudia Benoît Mathieu Bilodeau Marianne Bleau Christophe Defoy Rosalie Dumais Jessica Ferreira Annie Gagnon-Mercier Guillaume Gervais Jérémie Guerrier Mélodie Langelier Élizabeth Leone Jasmin Leroux Myriam Letendre James Midouin Benjamin Morissette Catherine Pelletier Julien Petit Laurence Proulx Antoine Richard Jordane Sénécal Marc-Antoine Simard Amélie Vallerand Xavier Vanasse-Piché “My love, you are my life...”
  • 3. 27Characters The camera slides from one face to another, from a smile to a meaningful look. A voice, then a hand – every movement is choreographed and wrapped into a highly aesthetic visuals, carefully highlighting each of the characters with the best possible light. One of the roles is gracefully played by Sylvie Moreau, the only adult in this 15-minute film. She appears in the cabaret to speak of love for one song – making a brief appearance as the bartender’s paramour. “As soon as David and Stéphane offered me a role in the film, I accepted,” she says. “It was fascina- ting for me to watch the children act. They don’t analyze their performance and they don’t judge themselves. They play their roles while believing in them, and that’s impressive. Those are exactly the qualities you’re looking for in an actor.” Andthen,theFilm As the legendary chanteuse Dalida once said, “Beautiful melodies never die; they cross time and are eternal.” This film brings well-known melodies to life. In a chic cabaret, children sing about life a cappella. They are dressed in 1930s elegance. For this one great night, they have been given the voices of adults, and sing of life and love like Diane Tell, Patricia Kaas, Edith Piaf, Gérard Lenorman and others. Under the cabaret’s lights, couples come together and move apart to vocal rhythms. They move from love to laughter, tears, anger, and back to love again. Voices mingle and respond, as dan- cers glide through an evening bursting with life and excitement. DIRECTOR David Boisclair ORIGINAL IDEA AND SCRIPT David Boisclair Stéphane Duquette CHOREOGRAPHY Stéphane Duquette RESEARCH David Boisclair Geneviève Boulay Stéphane Duquette Isabelle Morissette FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Lisa Sfriso SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Sylvie Duquette SCRIPT SUPERVISOR Virginie Jaffredo PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Ginette Racine CINEMATOGRAPHER Claudine Sauvé CAMERA ASSISTANT Ina Lopez KEY GAFFER Yves Arseneau GAFFERS Jean-François Abran Luc Dupont Marie-Ève Lamarche KEY GRIP Dominic Thibault BEST BOY GRIP Christophe Taets ELECTRICIAN Rémy Vallière PICTURE EDITOR Guillaume Millet SOUND ENGINEER AND VOICE MIXING Marc Provençal PIANO Marie-Claude Audet TRUMPET Stéphane Boulanger MUSIC RECORDING Rémi-Israël Lanciault PLAYBACK Mélodie-Geneviève Racine “MAKING OF” DV CAMERA Isabelle Morissette UNIT PHOTOGRAPHY Simon Du Sablon KEY STYLIST Stéphanie Tremblay STYLISTS Dominique Dupras Stéphanie Larochelle Josée Lemelin ASSISTANT STYLISTS Stéphane Desjardins Binita Sow COSTUME DESIGNER Geneviève Boulay SEAMSTRESSES Isabelle Chopin Lina Chopin KEY MAKEUP Suzie Sareault MAKEUP ARTISTS Erika Brindel Kim Julien Christelle Proulx Josiane Trempe ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Valérie Seers ASSISTED BY Claude Duquette Stéphane Duquette Sylvie Duquette Philippe Langlois CARPENTER Claude Duquette PROPERTY MASTER Isabelle Chopin LAB Vision Globale Citélab POST-PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jean-François Laprise j. COLOUR TIMER AND VIDEO TRANSFER Richard Lanoue COMPUTER GRAPHICS Guillaume Millet TECHNICAL SUPPORT - EDITING Martine Forget GRAPHIC DESIGN Karl Rowley ADMINISTRATORS Louise Lamarre Carole Harvey Ginette Racine STORYBOARD ARTIST Jeff Hughes WRITER Florence François ENGLISH SUBTITLES Louis-Michel Taillefer TYPOGRAPHY AND CREDITS Ginette Racine MUSIC CLEARANCES David Boisclair PUBLICIST (Canada) Manon Gagnon MARKETING David Boisclair Stéphane Duquette PRODUCERS David Boisclair (Hysterico Productions) Stéphane Duquette (Didaduq) WITH THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OF Ministère de l’Éducation Ministère des Affaires municipales, du Sport et du Loisir Ministère de la Culture et des Communications Jean Dubuc, Member for La Prairie, Quebec National Assembly ATeamof50 “Easy to love is to love the way I love you.” “A man is beautiful, a man is jealous...” “True, I was not all that faithful,yet I was crazy about her.” Photos: Simon Du Sablon Graphic Design: Krafix – Karl Rowley IN COLLABORATION WITH

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