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Gabrielle

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Canada

2013

Rated R • 1h 44m

Director Louise Archambault

Starring Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Vincent-Guillaume Otis

Genre Drama, Romance

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Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome, a genetic developmental disorder. Despite her affliction, Gabrielle is blessed with extraordinary musical talent, but no one except her boyfriend believes in her. Fortunately, the upcoming choir festival will provide the perfect stage to prove them all wrong.

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83

Portland Oregonian by

Gabrielle borders on the manipulative, but Archambault’s refusal to shy away from the tougher questions the narrative raises keeps it from being swallowed by its own sentimentality.
90

Village Voice by Abby Garnett

Archambault is fluent in small, self-contained moments. Even as their guardians are forced into difficult conversations, Gabrielle and Martin's private exchanges ring true.
70

Los Angeles Times by Betsy Sharkey

Though the movie wears its agenda on its sleeve, the music and the cast, many of them members of the real Les Muses, as Marion-Rivard was for a time, are simply so charming that it makes Gabrielle hard to resist.
50

Slant Magazine by Carson Lund

Writer-director Louise Archambault's neatly affirmative denouement is at odds with the more uncertain reality occurring at the edges of the film's drama.
70

Variety by Jay Weissberg

Archambault’s handling of Gabrielle and Martin’s sexuality is one of the pic’s strong suits, presenting their desire with a refreshing, straightforward honesty.
63

McClatchy-Tribune News Service by Roger Moore

The singing is nice, the peripheral characters interesting. But a love that others don’t approve of, that may get in the way of a big concert debut? That makes Gabrielle a bit too Lifetime Original Movie for its own good.
80

The New York Times by Stephen Holden

If the title role of Gabrielle weren’t so fully embodied by its star, Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, this French Canadian movie about love among the disabled would fall on the condescendingly mushy side of the line between heartwarming and saccharine.