Anne Trister

Synopsis: A Swiss Jewish artist who is grieving her father, moves to Montreal and forms a friendship with a child psychiatrist. While creating an installation in an abandoned warehouse, she confronts her past and is increasingly drawn to her friend.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Léa Pool
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
103 min

Anne, it's time to go now

You're not doing so well today

And yet you started off well

What is it that's bothering you?

The dimensions

And we don't always feel like working with standard formats

The frame limits me

Why don't we go away together?

It would be nice

What do you think of that?

I can't leave my job like that

I can delay my departure if you'd like

You have to make this trip alone

Because you decided to

Have a good trip


Take care of yourself

You too

And you, Pierre? And you?

What will you do now?

I'll wait

I'll send her really nice cassettes of you, of me, of friends

Good thing she has her two addresses

Still, she's so fragile

Her father's death really affected her

Don't you find her changed?

It was always him that took care of her at home


I didn't see her grow up

I had such a demanding job

Of course she...

she didn't get...

the love...

that she expected from me

Now it's too late

He was a real character...

your father

He wanted to be a writer

A brilliant man, filled with talent

but it never happened for him

even though he spoke ten languages

Yes but he didn't write any of them well

You know...

there is something impossible in each of us

I loved him a lot

really a lot



Are you planning to stay for long?

I don't know, maybe

If you're looking for a place to stay, there's the house

Thank you

It's kind but for now I prefer to stay at the hotel

Is the Saint-Justine Hospital far from here?

No, not really

Finally, Sarah wants to heal her animal

for the first time she is dressing the wounds she inflicted upon it

she hasn't spoken a word for the entirety of the operation

the operation has lasted almost fifteen minutes


Excuse me for interrupting, Dr Moison.

I've just received a call from Anne Trister

Thank you

The studies in fine arts are done?

Yes, they are

We'll go pick up your things at the hotel?

-Are you sure you don't mind?

Of course not, Anne. I have lots of space and you can stay as long as you'd like

Can you imagine this song in the middle of the desert?

It was like it was coming from nowhere. It had been weeks since I'd heard anything other than Arab music

I forget all the rest...the exhaustion, the heat

The past

It was only when the bus left that I realized I had forgotten to get out and get a drink

The desert is beautiful

The colours of the sand, the light, the rocks

I found the desert rocks so beautiful that I brought back a suitcase full

It's not easy to transport especially when you're hitchhiking

Luckily, I didn't have too much baggage with me to start, I would have had to throw some out


You're not coming?

What do you mean a storm?

You can't fall asleep either?

It's because of the desert

Want some?

Yes, I do

There's lots of images that come to me...

A hole in the sand,

the music,

a young girl hitchhiking, sitting on a suitcase filled with rocks

It's rare that I tell my stories about the desert

Usually people don't understand

You're not going to say hello to me, Sarah?

Who touched the things?

I don't know

Was it another child?

I don't know

I hope he's doing better than last week

Turn your chair

Vieux Lausanne Bistro, it's 10 o'clock

the day of my 33rd birthday

I've just received your enthusiastic cassette

The people there, their outspoken nature

I knew it would be agreeable to you

Ah, your knishes

I knew it would make you happy

Mmm, its good

I found you a studio

I wasn't looking for one

-I know but I found one you anyhow

Hm, where is it?


It's a bit big for a painting studio but I'm sure you'll like it

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Léa Pool

Léa Pool C.M. (born 8 September 1950) is a Swiss-Canadian filmmaker who also teaches film at UQAM. She has directed several feature films, including Anne Trister (1986) and Set Me Free (Emporte-moi) (1999), both of which screened at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, where the latter won the Special Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. more…

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