“Arlette”: the great return of Maripier Morin

For the past two years, Maripier Morin has taken his life into his own hands. Discreetly but energetically, she concentrated her energies on her family, her therapy and charitable activities in the fight against addiction. The one who is now a mother is also about to take the helm of the movie poster Arlette, extra step on a pitfall-strewn path.

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During a press briefing held a few days before the release of his new film, Arlette, Maripier Morin did not dodge questions about the scandal that shook the province in July 2020, when Safia Nolin published allegations of sexual assault and harassment against her on social networks; nor to the testimonies of five other people the following year who reported inappropriate behavior, gestures and remarks by the former presenter.

Because Maripier Morin has developed, developed, worked on herself in two years, which she still does today. “I took my responsibility, I went my way. […] When this case came out, I said, ‘I have problematic behavior, I’m going to do my homework, and I’m going to come back.’” She explained that she “began a process of integrity and honesty. […] I’m an alcoholic, a drug addict and still in therapy, but that doesn’t excuse my actions. But my responsibility is that it never happens again. […] People say, ”She blames it all on the alcohol”. It is not true. It contextualizes, it better explains why I did this because I would never have done this on an empty stomach. But that’s no excuse.”

Once she read the script‘Arlette, In October 2020, she wanted to get this role with all her might. “I immediately drew many parallels. I was angry. It took me so much work,” she recalls. And she was preparing for the auditions. “I felt it inside me, I felt like I had to clear things up thanks to this film.”

an exorcism

The parallels between Arlette, a young woman appointed Minister of Culture who must learn to deal with the misogyny and verbal violence of politics, and the former star host are unmistakable.

“Yes, the film was therapy for me,” she said. The relationship to the image is examined in Arlette, this “constant striving to be seen, to exist, to be better and more perfect, made me sick. I thought it was nice to exorcise that through a character. Social media is still super toxic to me today. I’m still trying to reestablish my relationship with the image. And during filming, her psychologist told her daily to “look at myself in the mirror and tell myself, ‘You were good today.'”


Arlette (Trailer)

If she had the strength to get up after the scandal, after being fired from her sponsors, it was thanks to figure skating, which she practiced for 16 years. “Learning to fall… I think it’s the most resilient sport in the world because you just fall. That past as an athlete gave me the resilience to say that I had fallen very, very low, that it had really hurt, but that maybe it was necessary to get up and live the life I want.”

And even today that is anything but easy. “It’s a desire to have a healthy relationship with my job. I haven’t arrived, not at all. Yesterday I was very stressed and my boyfriend reminded me that I called him in therapy by verbalizing for the first time that I don’t exist, she delivers crying. Now I’m faced with this: if people don’t like the film…I need to be able to put some distance between my worth as a person and my work.”

Does she think she will ever be forgiven? “I don’t decide. It is the public that decides. If the public sees the film, that people are curious and want it, that means I have the right to do my job.

Arlette hits screens across the province on August 5th.


Arlette (Trailer)

QUOTES

“I want to be optimistic. I chose the light, I chose that the rest of my life would be beautiful and happy. The worst thing that could have happened to me at 33 when it happened would have been bitterness.”

“I really wanted those focus to focus on something other than myself and focus on a more important role, which is raising a child.

“I can’t get through any of this if I don’t have a psychologist, if I’m not being followed, if my boyfriend isn’t there, if my parents aren’t with me too.”

“Everything that comes with motherhood is extraordinary. You learn and learn a lot again. I always had both hands firmly on the control stick, wanted to be in control and I don’t control anything anymore. Letting go is a damn beautiful school. And my daughter teaches me that every day.

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