Anne Trister

Director: Lea Pool
Screenwriters: Marcel Beaulieau, Lea Pool

Institute History

  • 1987 Sundance Film Festival


Two years ago, the Swiss-born Lea Pool broke onto the international scene with the existentially romantic La Femme de L’Hotel. It dealt with the growing relationship between two women, one on the verge of suicide and the other making a film. Beautifully shot and composed, it proved its feminine world with unerring insight.

Anne Trister reworks many of the same themes. A young 24-year-old Swiss Jewish artist has been profoundly affected by the death of her father. After burying him in the lands of Israel, she decides to leave Switzerland, her family, and her boyfriend for Montreal. Escaping from her immediate past she is also attempting to come to terms with her parents. Disoriented and confused, Anne rents a studio from an old friend of her father and begins to paint an extraordinary mural. Deeply depressed, she looks up a friend, the child therapist, Alix, and the two women find themselves involved in a growing relationship.

Magnificently shot by Pierre Mignot, Anne Trister is a unique depiction of the female imagination. Oblique and suggestive, the film is an effortless and rich evocation of the pain a woman undergoes in trying to come to terms with her life and art.

— Karen Cooper

Screening Details

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