75 min, documentary, France, Canada, 2019
Directed byMaxime Faure
Produced by Les films Balibari | Metafilms
LanguageFrançais with english subtitles
Short descriptionWhat remains of a life of struggles? The Helper Nuns of Quebec, who believe in God but not in a Church dominated by men, are preparing for the disappearance of their religious community.

Film details


The first snow falls on Quebec. As the disappearance of their small religious community looms, the Helper Nuns begin sorting through their life — a lifetime of struggles. These valiant all-terrain militants, who believe in God but not in a Church dominated by men, have spent years and years campaigning for women’s rights, social justice and international solidarity. Basically, a precious heritage that Gisèle, Marie-Paule, Nicole, Suzanne and their fellow sisters are preparing to leave behind. Between apprehension about death, outbursts of laughter and meals washed down with wine, these dignified free women live the meaning of sisterhood to the full. Until the very end.



Written and directed by : Maxime Faure

Cinematography and edited by : Léna Mill-Reuillard

Editing : Karen Benainous

Sound Design: Martin Gracineau

Music : K R O Y

Sound recording : Martyne Morin

Calibration : Julien Mailhiot-Guyon


Financial Partners


Les films Balibari



France 2

Ici Télé





Créative Europe MEDIA

Région pays de la Loire

Région Bretagne

La culture avec La copie privée

Fondation Jean Luc Lagardère

Fonds documentaire Rogers

Sodec Québec

Fonds des médiqs du Canada



Les Films du 3 Mars


Maxime Faure

Maxime Faure was born in Brittany. After studying film in France and Quebec, he decided to live and work in Montreal for few years. His documentary MASKED was « jury prize » at Cinéma sous les étoiles festival in 2015. Then he directed several short documentaries and won the Infracourts – France Télévisions award with his film UNREST, shot in Ukraine. He also worked with France Culture on a radio documentary: À NE PAS CROIRE (2016). SISTERHOOD (2019) is his first feature film.




Knit, Dream & Revolt! (2012), 32 min., documentary
The Green Flamingos (2013), 21 min., documentary
Masked (2014), 13 min., documentary
Ourselves (2015), 3x 4 min., documentary series
Unrest (2016), 5 min., documentary
À ne pas croire (2016), 58 min., sound documentary
Unceded Voices (2017), 9 x 5 min., documentary series