Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 28, 2009 20:32 ET

Message From Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on the Death of Gilles Carle

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2009) - My husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, and I were saddened to hear of the death of Gilles Carle. Gilles Carle, filmmaker and long-time friend, whose films bear witness to his openness and greatness of heart, and in doing so, strikes a universal chord.

His style and inspiration place Gilles Carle among the pioneers who have given Quebec and Canadian cinema its national and international dimension and luminous modernity.

We remember La vie heureuse de Leopold Z, Fantastica, La vraie nature de Bernadette, La mort d'un bucheron, Le viol d'une jeune fille douce, and Les males, to name just a few. The storyteller uses the cinema to paint a very personal picture of our society and the human comedy.

Gilles Carle, portrait painter of society, whose drawings, sketches and paintings also joyfully express his mischievousness and audacity.

Our hearts go out to Chloe Sainte-Marie, his companion and partner, who supported him with love, strength, tenderness and incredible courage through each stage of the illness that took his life. And through her awareness campaigns and the care facility she founded in Gilles Carle's name, she demonstrated to all of us the need for better-thought-out home care services and accommodation for patients who can no longer care for themselves, as well as the importance of ensuring that these services respect their dignity and humanity.

Michaelle Jean

Gilles Carle was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998 for his work and exceptional qualities.

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