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Directed by Miryam Charles • Canada • 2022
Starring Schelby Jean-Baptiste, Florence Blain Mbaye, Marie Yardly Kavanagh
Shot on dreamy 16 mm, the stunning debut feature from Haitian-Canadian filmmaker Miryam Charles resurrects a tragedy that occurred within her own family—the unresolved death of her cousin—to weave a ghostly and gorgeous reflection on memory, grief, and what could have been. In Bridgeport, Connecticut, a teenage girl is found hanged in her room. While everything points to suicide, the autopsy report reveals something else. Ten years later, the director examines the causes and consequences of this unsolved crime. Like an imagined biography, CETTE MAISON explores the relationship between the security of home and the violence that can jeopardize it.