Louise (10 minutes)
More than once since this pandemic started, I’ve thought about my mémère — my grandmother. Born in the 20s in Canada, she lived through WW2 (working in a munitions factory) and raised six children. I knew her as resilient and resourceful. Were she alive today I’m sure she would know just what to do. I was reminded of her while watching Louise, an animated short by Anita Lebeau dedicated to her own grandmother. It follows a “regular day” in the life of 95-year-old Louise as she goes about checking off her list of household chores, from cutting the grass to sewing Christmas gifts five months in advance. In these times of quarantine, when so many grandparents are separated from their families, there’s comfort, and humour, in this wry portrayal of a solitary senior finding meaning in a simple quotidian life. Recommended if you enjoyed NFB shorts like The Sweater or The Big Snit. — Liisa Ladouceur
You can watch Louise on the NFB's website.
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