“Borders”: another look at rurality

“Borders”: another look at rurality


Pascale Bussières did not think long before agreeing to play the main role of Frontières, the new psychological thriller from director Guy Édoin. In addition to offering her the opportunity to work again with this filmmaker she particularly likes, the actress saw in this project the opportunity to dive back into the rural world, a universe she had already explored a while ago. dozen years in the drama Marécages.

Pascale Bussières does not hide it: there are many similarities between the Marie she played in Marécages (Edoin's first feature film) and the Diane she plays today in Frontières. Like Marie, Diane manages a dairy farm located on the edge of the American border. It is no coincidence that the two films were shot in the same place, on Guy Édoin's family farm, in the Eastern Townships. 

“ Diane could be an extension of Marie, Pascale Bussières admits from the outset, in an interview with Journal.

“It was very conscious, we even talked about it, Guy and me. Because we are in the same physical environment [as Swamps] and that it was shot in the same place. The fact that it is still a woman who manages a farm and who carries a gun, we are in the same ecosystem. It is as if Guy took a different look each time at this rural reality with all its challenges, its pitfalls, its relationship to the land and the territory, but also to life and death. »

Tragic accident

The plot of Frontièresrevolves around a tragic accident that turns Diane's life upside down, to the point where she wonders if her house is even haunted. Worried about her health, her two sisters (Christine Beaulieu and Marilyn Castonguay) and their mother (Micheline Lanctôt) are trying as best they can to support her in this ordeal.

Frontières marks the third collaboration between Pascale Bussières and Guy Édoin, after Marécages (2011) and Ville-Marie (2015). According to the actress, the bond of trust that already existed between them made it easier to work on the set.

“I would say that it allowed us to save time because there is this relationship that already existed, which could be improved and take us further, confides the 54-year-old actress. It is as if you have already played a musical instrument. You know when you can maybe push the note a little bit. » 

Back to basics

After making two urban films –Ville-Marie and Malek< /em> –, Guy Édoin felt the need to reconnect with the rural environment.  

“The farm has evolved, and the territory has evolved, observes the filmmaker. I wanted to go back there, but at the same time, I didn't want to repeat myself. I felt I still had something to say about rurality.

“Very quickly, I had the idea of ​​staging this sorority and these women by embodying them in this universe which is generally associated with men. I was brought up in that environment and women like the ones we see in the film, I know some and I come across some at the Canadian Tire in my area. Several scenes in the film are inspired by real events. I have already seen, for example, my mother running out into the field to get out a poacher who had just shot a deer on our land. And let me tell you, he didn't leave with his deer! It was very important to me that these characters be authentic. »

If Frontières was shot on familiar ground for Édoin, it is the first time, on the other hand, that the filmmaker has ventured to explore the codes of suspense. He says he had a lot of fun quoting some of the genre's classics in his film, such as Halloween and The Shining

“I like thrillers a lot, he concedes. I really wanted to captivate the viewer by making a film that was more general, with tension. And I admit that I had a lot of fun playing with the codes of genre films, thriller and even westerns.

Borders hits theaters March 3.