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Gabrielle

7/10
Drama . Romance . Music
 

Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. Since she met her boyfriend Martin, at the recreation centre where they are choir members, they have been inseparable. However, because they are "different," their loved ones are fearful of their relationship. As the choir prepare for an important music festival, Gabrielle does everything she can to gain her independence. As determined as she is, Gabrielle must still confront other people's prejudices as well as her own limitations in the hope of experiencing a love far from the "ordinary".

 
Actors: Véronique Beaudet , Robert Charlebois , Isabelle Vincent , Marie Gignac , Sébastien Ricard , Benoît Gouin , Vincent-Guillaume Otis , Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin , Alexandre Landry , Gabrielle Marion-Rivard
Directors: Louise Archambault
Country: CANADA
Release: 2013-10-16
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  • Abby Garnett

    Archambault is fluent in small, self-contained moments. Even as their guardians are forced into difficult conversations, Gabrielle and Martin's private exchanges ring true.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jamie S. Rich

    Gabrielle borders on the manipulative, but Archambault’s refusal to shy away from the tougher questions the narrative raises keeps it from being swallowed by its own sentimentality.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    If the title role of Gabrielle weren’t so fully embodied by its star, Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, this French Canadian movie about love among the disabled would fall on the condescendingly mushy side of the line between heartwarming and saccharine.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Instead of a message movie, Gabrielle is a romance and an unusual kind of musical that seamlessly integrates special needs actors with the other cast members.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Though the movie wears its agenda on its sleeve, the music and the cast, many of them members of the real Les Muses, as Marion-Rivard was for a time, are simply so charming that it makes Gabrielle hard to resist.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Boyd van Hoeij

    Despite a slightly grating tendency to resist any kind of subtlety, the honest and convincingly played central romance does finally linger.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jay Weissberg

    Archambault’s handling of Gabrielle and Martin’s sexuality is one of the pic’s strong suits, presenting their desire with a refreshing, straightforward honesty.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Frequently charming. Marion-Rivard, who won Canada’s equivalent of the Best Actress Oscar earlier this year (the film itself won Best Picture), gives a strong, sophisticated performance, even as she’s disarmingly open in a way that would be almost impossible for an actor without Williams syndrome to fake.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Farran Smith Nehme

    Its sentiment is appealing, though, and its sincerity doesn’t cloy.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The singing is nice, the peripheral characters interesting. But a love that others don’t approve of, that may get in the way of a big concert debut? That makes Gabrielle a bit too Lifetime Original Movie for its own good.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Carson Lund

    Writer-director Louise Archambault's neatly affirmative denouement is at odds with the more uncertain reality occurring at the edges of the film's drama.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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