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Tala is a young filipino domestic worker living with a bourgeois family on the north shore of Montreal. As she runs through her daily chores, dealing with the eccentricities of her employers, an unexpected phone call puts her at great risk of getting fired. Shot in a single long take and inspired by the current "Live-In Caregiver" program of the Canadian federal government, Tala tells a story of subtle oppression and re-empowerment, asking whether or not such a thing as “subalterns” exist in modern Québec and Canada.

Awards and mentions
Prix Métro, meilleur film étudiant
Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois
Montréal
2014
Prix du Jury
Dau'film Festival
Paris
2014
Meilleur film étudiant, Prix du public
Festival du film international de Saint-Sauveur
2013
Original language
English
French
Tagalog
Subtitles
English

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Credits

Direction
Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Assistant Director
Simon Giroux
Screenplay
Félix Hamel-Lucas
Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Cast
Alice Tran
Geneviève Rochette
Danny Gilmore
Éloïse Bisson
Nicolas Ouellet
Cinematography
Félix Hamel-Lucas
Camera
Pier-Louis Dagenais-Savard
Sound Design
Hugo Montembeault
Sound Editing
Hugo Montembeault
Sound
Nicolas Gagnon
Mixing
Serge Fortin
Hugo Montembeault
Music
Dominic Arsenault
Vanesse Pariétaire
Editing
Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Art Direction
Geneviève Gosselin-G.
Production
Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Geneviève Gosselin
Simon Giroux
Félix Hamel-Lucas
Films Six
Université de Montréal

Technical information

Color
Color
Image format
16:9
Sound
Stereo
Shooting format
HD

Documentation

Keywords
Domestic, Bourgeoisie, Exploitation, Clandestine worker, Oppression