Distibutor: Filmoption International
1940, the Second World War rages on in Europe. In Montreal, Pierre, 22, wants to enlist, but he must care for his twin sister, crippled since birth. This closeness between them awakens a sensuality in Berthe, who tries to seduce her brother. Pierre rebuffs her advances, but when he later falls in love with Marguerite, his best friend’s girl, he’s haunted by his sister’s fantasy. He tries to rid himself of it, but Berthe isn’t so easily dismissed.
FOCUS ON: Two Possibilities for Love
“My intention is to maintain the story’s central mystery right up until the very end. Pierre is deeply torn between his love for Marguerite and his unspeakable love for Berthe, intertwined with the fantasy Berthe. Like a relentless water torture, drip by inevitable drip, will the fantasy Berthe’s recurring presence ultimately seduce Pierre into becoming his sister’s de facto lover? Who is destined to leave with Pierre in the end, Berthe or Marguerite?” In my opinion, there are two Berthes – the one just described, and the one that isn’t crippled. It is around this latter persona that Pierre’s fantasies dwell.
– André Forcier