Following the announcement of their departure, the dean of the Ursulines (Marie-Ginette Guay, an actress from Quebec) prays for help to Marie of the Incarnation in the oratory, where her tomb lies. Her prayers are heard and Mary of the Incarnation (Karen Elkin) emerges from the statue crowning the tomb. The camera follows this wraith through the building's corridors. The spectrum becomes increasingly tangible until it stops in front of a large mirror in the main entrance - And she sees herself, just like us, for the very first time. An Ursuline nun comes in from outside. Our Marie takes the opportunity to slip out while her image is imbued in the mirror. (The mise en abyme is the film's main premise. Questions will always be aroused whenever our Marie sees herself.) Outside, the Nouvelle-France celebrations are at their peak, thrusting Quebec's activities forwards.
- 2 hr 7 min
- Oct 5, 2020