Gabrielle Reviews

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August 7, 2019
When members of the the choir trade verses of his poignant ballad 'Ordinaire' (Je suis un gars bien ordinaire..."), it has never had such heart-breaking resonance.
November 1, 2018
Quebecois writer/director Louise Archambault's sophomore feature is a skillfully told celebration of the human spirit.
November 18, 2017
Not to drown out the sizeable praise this got from Locarno audiences with pedantic political correctness, but there comes a point when the tastelessness from one's production methods overwhelms any goodwill one's film might otherwise have earned.
September 16, 2017
The film, weighing in at more than 100 minutes, often feels like watching grass grow because, despite the complexity of the underlying conflict, romantic love in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds...
July 7, 2014
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.
July 3, 2014
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.
July 3, 2014
If "Gabrielle" is a likable crowd-pleaser, it would be much better without the extra dollop of organic honey.
July 3, 2014
Frequently charming.
July 2, 2014
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.
July 1, 2014
Writer-director Louise Archambault's neatly affirmative denouement is at odds with the more uncertain reality occurring at the edges of the film's drama.
June 30, 2014
The film drags when some scenes run long. Its sentiment is appealing, though, and its sincerity doesn't cloy.
June 26, 2014
Touching heart string-puller about a mentally challenged young woman... a sincere, thoughtful rendering of that old maxim about setting free the things you love.
June 19, 2014
Archambault tackles potentially uncomfortable subject matter with both empathy and frankness.
June 19, 2014
As a thought-provoking valentine to tolerance, acceptance and the yearning for love, Gabrielle wears its heart comfortably, and proudly, on its sleeve.
May 24, 2014
Music is the emotive backdrop on which this moving portrait of a disabled woman eager to explore the boundaries of her capabilities and sexual desires is set.
April 18, 2014
Take away the novelty of having an actual mentally disabled actress in the lead role and this is strictly a French-Canadian Lifetime Original Movie
April 14, 2014
Archambault's handling of Gabrielle and Martin's sexuality is one of the pic's strong suits, presenting their desire with a refreshing, straightforward honesty.
April 14, 2014
An occasionally blunt but well-acted love story.
February 5, 2014
It isn't entirely free of sugar, and by the end loses sight of the qualities that initially made it so engaging.
February 4, 2014
An emotionally raw yet uplifting drama about a mentally challenged woman (Gabrielle Marion-Rivard) struggling with first-time romance and a desire to be independent.
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