Summer 1989. Alone and aged 21, Chantale Daigle leads a courageous fight all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to dispose of her own body, a year after interruptions were decriminalized of pregnancy in the country.
Thrown into a media whirlwind, the young woman has just tackled Jean-Guy Tremblay, a “manipulative and aggressive” man who managed to obtain an injunction preventing him from having an abortion. For three and a half weeks, she was the only Canadian unable to attend an abortion clinic, a homegrown story that is told in the series Disobeir: Chantale Daigle's Choice, whose filming ends these days in Montreal.
In the eyes of director Alexis Durand-Brault, Chantale Daigle is a “true heroine” to whom we must pay tribute. “At his age, I would have crashed,” he told Agence QMI during a recent set visit to a vintage Italian restaurant reminiscent of where Chantale Daigle worked at the time.
“Chantale Daigle is a true heroine. She did it all alone, she stood up to everyone all the way to the Supreme Court,” recalled Mr. Durand-Brault, for whom “the Court of Appeal and the Superior Court are the culprits of this story. . Why did the courts let this happen at the time? I find that scandalous”.
Chantale Daigle had four children
The ALSO Productions team was able to exchange with Chantale Daigle in writing. She has given her approval to the series project, but she has not read the script and wishes to continue her life away from the cameras.
“Chantale Daigle has rebuilt her life. She has four children. She lives somewhere around Chibougamau. She told us she's okay with the show, but she never wants to go public again. She told us in a letter that she has done her bit and that it is up to the others to continue,” revealed Mr. Durand-Brault.
Actress Éléonore Loiselle is transformed into Chantale Daigle in this story where the tension will be at its height. The 21-year-old actress has undergone a complete transformation, especially at the hair level, she who usually keeps her hair short. This is the biggest and most demanding role of his young career, especially in the context of what is happening in the United States with the revocation of Roe v. Wade.
“The fact that she still exists, I feel like I'm walking on a wire, I love this woman so much. It is a respect that I want to return to him. I would like to talk to her after the shoot, I have the impression that she accompanied me and that I will be heartbroken after the last scene,” said Éléonore Loiselle.
The actor Antoine Pilon gives life to Jean-Guy Tremblay, a role that his grandmother would have liked him not to defend… “He's a violent guy, a guy who had difficulty not controlling his environment and difficulty controlling himself. He didn't have it easy either. What excites me about the project is that it happened here not so long ago and that it is still relevant. It's important to tell.”
The six episodes of the drama series intended for the Crave platform were written by Daniel Thibault and Isabelle Pelletier (Mirador, Ruptures ). They will also feature Émilie Bibeau, Alex Bisping, Simon Boudreault, Juliette Gosselin, Rachel Graton, Patrick Hivon and Jean-François Pichette.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128