Pénélope, mon amour

Claire Doyon

P&I Selection 2022

  • 88'
  • France
  • 2021

“We found a home for you,” filmmaker Claire Doyon tells her teen daughter Pénélope, in the opening scene of this intimate documentary. At the end, you realise this moment was both a triumph and a defeat. Pénélope has Rett syndrome, an autistic spectrum neurological disorder that leads to an early cessation of cognitive development.

Doyon compiled this love letter to her daughter from a cupboard full of Super 8 films, DV tapes, and HD recordings. A film about Pénélope, but also about Doyon. About how hard it is to accept your daughter for who she is, instead of who you want her to be. About the demon called hope, that won’t be shut down. The film describes the journey mother and daughter undertake together. A journey to a place where Pénélope can be who she is.

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Available on Festival Scope Pro from 26 January 9:00 CET to 14 February 9:00 CET



Director
Claire Doyon
Country of production
France
Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
88'
Medium
DCP
International title
Pénélope, My Love
Language
French
Producer
Carole Chassaing
Production Company
Tamara Films
Sales
Lightdox
Cinematography
Claire Doyon
Editor
Raphaël Lefèvre
Sound Design
Claire Doyon