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Director Anne Émond
Year 2016
Run Time 101min
Genre Drama

Based on a true story, Isabelle Fortier chronicles her experience as a sex worker in a semi-autobiographical novel under the pen name Nelly Arcan (Mylène MacKay). The book becomes a scandalous international bestseller, leading to unexpected and unwanted fame for Arcan, who must now deal with the pressure of increased scrutiny about the authenticity of her stories and the demand for an equally successful follow-up.

Anne Emond explores the author’s colourful and ultimately tragic life in a multi-layered and stylish mix of make-believe and memoir, revealing the person behind the shocking literary alter ego.

“Mylène MacKay delivers a towering performance” - T’Cha Dunlevy, The Montreal Gazette


Anne Émond

Émond’s debut feature, Nuit #1, won the Claude Jutra Award for Best Feature by a first time filmmaker at the 2012 Genie Awards. Her other credits include the shorts La vie commence, Sophie Lavoie and Plus rien ne vouloir, and the features Nelly and Les êtres chers, which received seven Jutra Award nominations and won for Best Direction. Her most recent film is Manuel de la vie sauvage.


Anne Émond, Nelly Arcan


Mylène Mackay, Marie-Claude Guérin, Simon Alain


Nicole Robert




Arts and Culture, Biography, Female Filmmaker

Original Language


Canadian Distributor