Director Francis Leclerc is less interested in conventional narrative or sentiment than in portraying the dreamlike nature of Fanny's fragile life, which is endangered by any act of defiance, such as smoking and drinking. As Marthe, Fanny Mallette rivets the screen, running a complex gamut of emotions and engaging the heart. The movie is not as expansive as it could be (we never see enough of Marthe's grabbing at life's experiences) but it's effective and memorable. Starring Fanny Mallette, Hugues Frenette, Richard Fagon and Evelyne Rompre. Directed Francis Leclerc. Written by Marcel Beaulieu, Francis Leclerc, Nathalie Theocharides and Marie-Josee Bastien. Produced by Barbara Shrier. No distributor set. Drama. French-language, subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 91 min.