The Swimming Lesson

The Swimming Lesson

Directed by Olivia Boudreau

Genre Fiction
Country Quebec
Year 2015
Length 11 min 2 s
Formats DVD, Blu-Ray, DCP
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.


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


Production Élaine Hébert (micro_scope)
Script Olivia Boudreau
PRODUCTION DESIGN Valérie-Jeanne Mathieu
EDITING Myriam Magassouba
Sound Guillaume Daoust, Sylvain Bellemare, Bernard Gariépy Strobl


Carrousel du Film de Rimouski |2015| En compétition *MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE CANADIEN


Talent Tout Court! Telefilm, Prix Prends Ça Court!, Oberhausen Int. Short Film Festival, Andorra Kid’s Film Festival, Stockholm Int. Film Festival, International Children’s Film Festival Filem’On, Duhok Int. Film Festival, Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec, Ciné Club de Wiels et Kask, Programmation Jour de l’Art, Carrousel du Film de Rimouski, Toronto Int. Film Festival, CinéFest Sudbury, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Festival de Cinéma Jeune Public, Festival Ciné Junior, BUFF Int. Children and Young People’s Film Festival, RiverRun Film Festival, Ciné-Club Caserne 45, Festival Vues dans la Tête, Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois et Francophone de Vancouver, SPAFAX Air Canada, ViewFinders : Atlantic Film Festival for Youth, FNC : Projection Scolaire, BCN Sport Film Festival, TimiShort