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Bolstered by strong, natural performances, Gabrielle's sincere look at differently abled young adults nimbly walks the line between sweet and cloying.



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The musically gifted but developmentally challenged Gabrielle lives in a group home with four other adults who have similar disabilities. Like all young women, Gabrielle wants her independence, but of course her situation is exceptional. When she falls in love with a similarly challenged young man in her choir, she discovers that both the families and the social workers are alarmed; can these two handle an adult relationship? Then Gabrielle's beloved and supportive sister confesses that she is going to move to India, and Gabrielle's world is truly in danger of falling apart. With stubborn courage and a real zest for life, Gabrielle prevails against all odds to win her freedom. (c) eOne


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  • Writer-director Louise Archambault uses a free and easy camera style and mosaic-like editing to suggest how intensely Gabrielle responds to elements of everyday life.

    Jul 7, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Casting Marion-Rivard in the title role was a risk that paid off, giving the film its authenticity, also its imperfections, which are easy enough to live with.

    Jul 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • If "Gabrielle" is a likable crowd-pleaser, it would be much better without the extra dollop of organic honey.

    Jul 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Frequently charming.

    Jul 3, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

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  • Archambault has a rare light in Marion-Rivard, whose wide smile is infectious: When she sulks, it feels like the whole world is tumbling down.

    Jul 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The film drags when some scenes run long. Its sentiment is appealing, though, and its sincerity doesn't cloy.

    Jun 30, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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