The Swimming Lesson

The Swimming Lesson

Directed by Olivia Boudreau

Genre Fiction
Country Quebec
Year 2015
Length 11 min 2 s
Formats DVD, DCP, Blu-Ray
Sound 5.1
Version No dialog


Brought by her mother to her first swimming lesson, a 7-year-old girl must find, on her own, her place in the unfamiliar world of the pool.


enfance, self esteem, mother-daughter relationships


Olivia Boudreau is a Montreal-based visual artist. Her works deals with the experience of perception through video installations, films and performances. Since 2007, her work has been screened and exhibited extensively in Canada, Quebec and Europe. She received an MFA in media and visual arts from UQAM in Montreal. Le cours de natation (The Swimming Lesson) is her first short film for theatres.


Jasmine Lemée, Marilyn Castonguay



Élaine Hébert (micro_scope)


Olivia Boudreau


Julien Fontaine


Valérie-Jeanne Mathieu

EDITING Myriam Magassouba
Sound Guillaume Daoust, Sylvain Bellemare, Bernard Gariépy Strobl


Carrousel du film de Rimouski | 2015 | MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE CANADIEN


Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
Andorra Kid’s Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival
International Children’s Film Festival Filem’On
Duhok International Film Festival
Festival de cinéma de la Ville de Québec
Programmation Jour de l’Art
Carrousel du film de Rimouski
Toronto International Film Festival
Cinéfest Sudbury
Festival du nouveau cinéma
Festival de cinéma jeune public
Festival Ciné Junior
BUFF International Children and Young People’s Film Festival
RiverRun Film Festival
Festival Vues dans la tête de...
Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois et francophone de Vancouver
ViewFinders : Atlantic Film Festival for Youth
BCN Sport Film Festival