I LOST MY MOM

75 min., documentary, Québec, Canada, 2022
Directed byDenys Desjardins
Produced byCentaure Films - Denys Desjardins
LanguageFrench
Short descriptionIn the form of a filmed journal, filmmaker Denys Desjardins documents the extraordinary sequence of events that drove him to place his mother in a CSHLD (long-term care home).
Film subjects Family , Health , Old Age , Portraits

Film details

Synopsis

In the style of a film diary, this documentary immerses us in the personal experience of the filmmaker and his sister as they try to ensure their mother can end her days with dignity in the CHSLD system. Amid this complex challenge, Denys Desjardins films his mother with incredible tenderness. He communicates her vulnerability and warm personality from a place of love and respect. This feature-length film is a continuation of the documentary work on the housing of seniors that the filmmaker began in his previous film Le Château (The Castle), in the web series L’industrie de la vieille$$e and in the web fiction experience 2031.Quebec.

 

Crew

Script : Denys Desjardins

Cinematography : Denys Desjardins et Mathéo Lemay

Editing : Denys Desjardins et Michel Giroux

Sound design : Bruno Pucella

Sound mix : Bruno Bélanger

Music : Stéphanie Hamelin Tomala

Sound : Denys Desjardins

With : Madelaine Ducharme-Desjardins

 

Direction

Denys Desjardins

According to the Dictionnaire du cinéma québecois, Denys Desjardins is a “multifaceted filmmaker with an endlessly curious spirit whose boundless love of cinema permeates his entire output.”
He first discovered cinema as a child, when his father would shoot, edit and project films on their basement walls. A revelation!

While studying film, Desjardins worked as an orderly in a mental health care institution and discovered the world through the eyes of those marginalized and forgotten by society.
Thereafter, his camera became a tool for building relationships and telling the world’s stories — one film at a time.

Truly passionate about the art of cinema, Desjardins has put his hand to every aspect of film production, from camera operator to director, in addition to writing, research, and editing.
In 1990, he launched his own production company, Les Films du Centaure.
Since then, he has directed and produced some 20 films as well as numerous websites, working both in the private sector and with the National Film Board of Canada.
With the latter, he also collaborated on the DVD box sets of the films of Gilles Groulx, Michel Brault, and Pierre Perrault.
A socially engaged filmmaker, Desjardins has for the past three decades been part of the ongoing battle to defend and uphold artistic institutions.
He has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Soirée des Jutra (now Gala Québec Cinéma) and the Rendez-vous du cinéma québecois (now Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma), and is a founding member of Québec Cinéma.
Producer and creator of the website cinemaduquebec.com, he is also the founder of DOCfest – Pour la suite du DOC, an annual festival held on Isle-aux-Coudres that’s dedicated to the future of documentary filmmaking.

 

Filmography

SHORT FILMS
THE DOLL LADY (1996)
AGAINST TIME AND OBLIVION (1997)
ALMANAC (1999) ME “ROBERT” BOB (2003) PETER AND THE PENNY (2005)
PENN AR BED (2006)
BACK TO THE NEW WORLD (2008)
KAPADOKYA (2013)
THE CHILDHOOD OF CINEMA (2019)

 

FEATURE FILMS
MY EYE FOR A CAMERA (2001)
BEIGN HUMAN (2006)
THE GREAT RESISTANCE (2007)
THE ZONE (2017)
THE CASTLE (2020)
THE INDUSTRY OF OLDNEE$$ (2021) I LOST MY MOM (2022)

 

QUEBEC CINEMA (selective filmography)
REBELS WITH A CAMERA (2006)
FROM OFFICE TO BOX OFFICE (2009)
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF ONYX FILMS (2010)
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF CINEMA (2011)
THE TAKE (2014)