An Impossible Being: Rhayne Vermette Discusses “Ste. Anne”

An Impossible Being: Rhayne Vermette Discusses “Ste. Anne”
In Rhayne Vermette’s feature debut Ste. Anne, the director plays Renée, a woman who returns home to the titular town after a four-year absence. Her daughter Athene has been under the care of Renée’s brother and sister-in-law during the interim, and this unexpected arrival comes with multiple questions that never get answered. While dialogue and a soundtrack exist, there’s a palpable quietude to the proceedings, casting a ruminative atmosphere over the film’s lush images shot in 16mm.Vermette herself ran away from home at the age of 32. She explains the event in the description for her 2016 short film Les Châssis de Lourdes: “Dramatically, I left with only my cat and copies of all the still and motion images taken by my father (these dating until the mid 1990s when he then passed his camera down to me).” Across 18 minutes, she constructs a collage with these home videos and photographs,
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