Growing up in a remote village, in a community of 1400 souls, knowing everyone and their neighbor from the cradle, does that predispose to find love easily?
Not exactly, says director Karina Marceau in the documentary The heart has its regions, already available on ICI Tou.tv, that ICI TELE will relay this Saturday, February 13, on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
While chatting with friends over a beer in the Bas-Saint-Laurent – before the pandemic -, Karina Marceau noted that several of them were having trouble finding a soul mate. Or that, when they thought they had found it, often, the person had previously dated a member of their entourage, which moderates the romantic ardor a little. Or even that they sometimes had to swallow 300 kilometers of asphalt or take a crossbar from the faulty boat to get to a simple appointment fixed on a dating application.
In short, that the geographical distance and the limited population pool, among other obstacles, would constitute a real brake on emotional development, which can be discouraging when the biological clock strikes or that one is tired of sleeping alone.
“It’s a way of talking about life in the region, through a quest that is universal, that of love,” explains Karina Marceau in an interview. It is an axis that makes you smile, but which is not so anecdotal. We talk about intimacy, the search for love, but that also has an impact on regional development. Whether you are in a relationship or not can determine whether you stay in a region or not. ”
The filming of the documentary took place before the explosion of COVID-19, in the summer of 2019, which we quickly notice when viewing the film, by gauging the physical proximity of the various protagonists. Karina Marceau does not rule out the idea of continuing her reflection on another project, focusing on celibacy and loneliness in a period of confinement as we are currently experiencing.
Neither optimist nor pessimist, The heart has its regions Essentially wants to be “a Polaroid, a state of the art”, and highlights a number of truths on the conception of love outside large centers, including the fact that couples form quickly and at a young age in small municipalities, where marriage is still popular.
At the end of the track, the people in the spotlight in the portrait offered sometimes surprising outcomes to the camera, such as Léa, who finally found happiness in the arms of a young lady, or Mikaël, who left Abitibi. for a flame in the Outaouais.
Above all, we see that the people interviewed genuinely cherish their part of the country, which makes Karina Marceau affirm that her opus is not only a film about love “in” the region, but that it also tackles, implicitly, the love “of” the regions.
Karina Marceau compares The heart has its regions and its playful treatment – with extracts from the comedian Josiane Aubuchon on stage, additional information in colored speech bubbles, etc. – has a “feel good movie“.
“I find that he arrives in time for Valentine’s Day 2021, when we’ve been in confinement for a year. It seems to me that it feels even more good. “
The heart has its regions, on Saturday February 13, at 10:30 p.m., at ICI Télé, as part of Doc Humanity, and already available on ICI Tou.tv.