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Like You

Romy Boutin St-Pierre / 9 min. / Canada / FRENCH / Canada

Synopsis

Seven-year-old Anna admires her mother, who is both victim and aggressor in her tumultuous relationships. Through a forbidden tube of lipstick, the little girl tells herself the imaginary story of a trapped princess: a fantastic fairytale in her eyes, but also the distressing reflection of her mother’s reality.

Cast & Crew

  • Screenplay, editor : Romy Boutin St-Pierre
  • Cinematographer : Mathieu Huard
  • Sound : Pierre Bouchard
  • Sound mix : Benoit Fecteau
  • Sound editor : Mathieu Robineau
  • Music : Naomie Herpin, Christian Roberge
  • Artistic Director : Évelyne Jutras, Jean-Nicolas Demers

Genre

Fiction

Topics

Childhood, Violence

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Biography

Emerging filmmaker in fiction and documentary, Romy Boutin St-Pierre directs and produces short films to promote social depolarization and destigmatization of taboos, as well as to contribute to the plurality of female perspectives. Graduating in international relations, holding a degree in Arabic language, and with two years of experience as a video journalist at Radio-Canada, her interests in diverse perspectives have led her to pursue production experiences and film studies in Quebec, Lebanon, and Morocco.

She starts from the intimate and the sensory to tell stories accessible to an audience to whom she likes to leave questions in their hands that only they can answer. Her short film "Amato" (2020, distributed by Spira, selected for 15 festivals including the REGARD festival) seeks to deconstruct the stereotypical conception of polyamory through three intimate testimonies, representing a continuation of relativism and the silent female voice that underpins her work.

In 2023, she co-founded with filmmaker Lisa Bolduc the company Les Émotives Inc., a production company that produces short films in fiction and documentary. They promote an auteur cinema, regional, and in support of female emerging talent. The two producers combine engaged cinema and entertainment, so that their films appeal to a wide audience, collectively addressing unknown or taboo social issues.


Director's statement

I grew up in a relatively ordinary family environment: one where microaggressions are common and normalized. During my early childhood, I would dream night after night of being a princess trapped in a tower, controlled by an oppressive man that wanted to keep me for himself. Regardless of my yells and attempts at persuasion and supplication, he would never agree to free me; thus, I remained a prisoner of this dream. In my young brain, this story was becoming almost comforting and romantic.

More recently, I experienced a romantic relationship steeped in violence. I heard the confidences of several loved ones navigating toxic and brutal relationship dynamics. My best friend was a victim of physical and verbal violence inflicted by his parents throughout his childhood. Talking about it, even between us, is hard. It’s taboo. 

Working as a video journalist at CBC-Radio-Canada, I spent several months on a documentary video collecting testimonies of men having overcome their violent tendencies. Coming into close contact with those we publicly call “aggressors” allowed me to quickly understand that these people had themselves suffered acts of violence before committing them in turn.

Violence is a perpetual cycle. Via psychologist appointments and non-violent communication training, I started to perceive the mechanics hidden behind the vicious patterns of domination. I decided that I wouldn't be a vessel for this violence. I decided I wanted to break this infinite spiral.

With the film Like You, I sought to deconstruct the image of the perfect victim, by having each character carry the role of both victim and aggressor. I mobilized my childhood fantasy of the prisoner-princess to highlight the toxic workings that perpetuate a major societal issue: domestic violence and its impact on children.

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