The Woman Who Drinks

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The Woman Who Drinks
La Femme qui boit
Directed by Bernard Émond
Produced by Bernadette Payeur
Written by Bernard Émond
Starring Élise Guilbault
Luc Picard
Michel Forget
Fanny Mallette
Music by Pierre Desrochers
Cinematography Jean-Claude Labrecque
Edited by Louise Côté
Distributed by Christal Films
Release date
  • March 9, 2001 (2001-03-09)
Running time
91 minutes
Country Canada
Language French

The Woman Who Drinks (French: La Femme qui boit) is a Canadian drama film, released in 2001. Written and directed by Bernard Émond, the film stars Élise Guilbault as a woman struggling with alcoholism.[1]


There are moments of great beauty in this film about alcohol addiction. Constructed as a series of vignettes told in flashbacks – some set in the 1930s, some set in the 1950s; some silent, others with dialogue – La Femme qui boit builds its portrait of drunken despair in increments. Élise Guilbault gives a riveting performance as someone stripped of everything, looking back on her life with lucidity and despair. The film's cast also includes Luc Picard, Michel Forget, Fanny Mallette and Patrice Robitaille.

The film garnered five Genie Award nominations at the 22nd Genie Awards in 2002:[2]

Guilbeault won the award for Best Actress.[3]


  1. ^ "A fight with life and the bottle: La Femme Qui Boit captures the despair of being a slave to drink". Montreal Gazette, February 16, 2001.
  2. ^ "Atanarjuat, War Bride lead Genie list". The Globe and Mail, December 13, 2001.
  3. ^ "Inuit film Atanarjuat wins five Genie Awards". Sudbury Star, February 8, 2002.

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