Post Partum

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – 7:30PM
Belgium/France/Luxembourg 2013. Dir: Delphine Noels. 95 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE!  Luce (Mélanie Doutey) and Ulysse (Jalil Lespert) are a contented young couple, very much in love and excitedly awaiting the birth of their first child. When baby Rose arrives, Luce is distraught to discover she feels no love for the newborn — only fear and growing anxiety. With her uncomprehending husband and meddling mother-in-law offering nothing but blame and platitudes, and the gulf growing between herself and what she believes a “good mother” to be, Luce’s mental state tips over from depression into psychosis. This harrowing psychological thriller delivers a stunning denouement that will stay with the viewer long after the final credits have rolled.

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Post-screening discussion with Dr. Heather Donaldson, who completed her medical degree at the University of British Columbia and her residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Donaldson has a special interest in reproductive mental health and works in this area at Richmond Hospital.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Co-sponsored by the Pacific Post Partum Support Society.