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Video Interview: Jeanne Leblanc – Our Own (Les nôtres)

Insular and close-knit communities are great at keeping unwanted problems (or people) at bay, but want happens when social woes mushroom from within? Passive finger-pointing and a town collectively wearing blinders provide the perfect decoy for a teen’s pregnancy shrouded in secrecy and doubt. When we think we’ve got gossip kindling that’ll make ripples into waves, the tide subsides and injustice prevails when an a quick outcome is preferred over dealing with the actual root of the problem.

An Oscilloscope Laboratories release, Jeanne Leblanc‘s sophomore feature Our Own (Les nôtres) plays like an unaccelerated thriller — think an abandoned game of Clue where the towns participants exercise one form of justice while the film’s young female protagonist takes ownership of her own free will. I got to speak with the filmmaker right after the film’s lead Émilie Bierre won Best Actress at the Gala Québec Cinéma (Quebec Oscars) and just prior to getting it’s release Stateside.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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