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Lucie, Timeless Fighter

Filmmaker : Julie Perron Québec, 2003 PRODUCTION : Virage, Altomedia, Entre chien et loup
53'
French English

About this film

Synopsis

Lucie Aubrac, a Résistance heroine during WWII, still actively promotes her humanist values at 89 years old. Julie Perron, a young Quebec filmmaker, embarks on a timeless quest to answer life's abiding questions. In a elevator in Paris, they meet by chance and a rich relationship blossoms and grows between the two women.

Tënk's opinion

In a Paris elevator, filmmaker Julie Perron met an 89-year-old young lady who charmed her to the point where Perron had to capture her on film. This grandmother’s bold gaze belies an unexpected history, revealed through a series of meetings with the filmmaker. “The moments that change our lives are often the most improbable ones”, the filmmaker shares with us in the early moments of her documentary, as she discovers that her subject is no other than Lucie Aubrac, celebrated heroine of the French resistance. Known for her anti-fascist activism, she is especially famous for having liberated her husband Raymond and a dozen other resisters who had been captured by Klaus Barbie’s Gestapo: a pregnant Lucie led an armed assault on a transport van en route to the prison, freeing the captives.

Beyond these acts of bravery performed by a historical figure and larger-than-life feminist role model, Perron invites us to discover a woman who tells her story with frank simplicity, from memories of her childhood to her 60-year romance with Raymond. The stories that structure the film, punctuated with archival footage, describe powerful and upsetting moments, such as when Lucie breastfed a starving infant whose parents had just been deported to Nazi camps. With this magnificent and deeply moving film, Perron builds a complex and nuanced portrait of a celebrated figure of the French resistance. Lucie, Timeless Fighter also resonates with Lucie Aubrac’s voice, urging us to fight against injustice at all times, wherever it may be found and whoever may be its target.

Pascale Ferland
Filmmaker

Filmmaker

Julie Perron

Born in Montréal, Québec, Canada, Julie Perron obtained a Bachelor’s degree in cinema at Paris 7 University and a Master’s degree in educational technology at the University of Montréal before beginning her career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada in 2000. Her first film, Mai en décembre (Godard en Abitibi) (2000), is a look back at Jean-Luc Godard’s TV experience in northern Québec (Rouyn-Noranda) in December 1968. With her film, Perron shed light for the first time on this unknown event. After a chance meeting in Paris with the heroine of the French Resistance Lucie Aubrac, Julie directed Lucie, Timeless Fighter (2003). In 2013, Julie directed Living With Earth, filming in Greece an archaeobotanist who discovers seeds dating from the Neolithic. Julie Perron’s films have been widely seen and distributed on television and at international film festivals, media libraries, and cultural institutions in Canada and throughout Europe. She has also taught cinema at Montreal and Chicago, and is a member of Les Films de l'Autre since 2001.