The fireside get-together is in full swing when news arrives: Renée has returned. She moves back to the rural family home which her brother Modeste now shares with his wife Elenore. The two of them have been bringing up Renée’s young daughter Athene as if she were their own. Athene tries to grasp the new situation, even as her mother’s feet are already starting to itch. Renée owns an empty lot in Sainte Anne, Manitoba, the one on the photo she shows to Athene, where a house is waiting to be built. But this is hardly the whole story, if you can even talk of a story for much of the time, it’s more a set of impressions, fragments, of the Treaty 1 territory, of daily life in the Métis Nation, to which Renée’s family belong, as do the director’s family who play them, she herself in the role of Renée. A dog in the snow, giggling nuns, hands on laden tables, shadows against corrugated plastic, the sound of the train and the image of the empty lot, again and again: in the flickering celluloid, colours fluctuate, motion slackens, hopes and dreams bleed into reality and past and present merge. Unlike what Athene says at the beginning, you needn’t be scared of the places your visions find. (James Lattimer)
Rhayne Vermette, born in 1982 in Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba, Canada. She studied architecture and literature and works as an artist and filmmaker.STE. ANNE is her feature-length debut following several experimental shorts, mostly shot on analogue 16mm film.
Production Rhayne Vermette. Production company Exovedate Productions (Winnipeg, Canada). Written and directed by Rhayne Vermette. Cinematography Kristiane Church, Amanda Kindzierski, Lindsay McIntyre, Erin Weisgerber, Rhayne Vermette. Editing Rhayne Vermette. Production Design Janelle Tougas. Music Bret Parentau. Sound design Andy Rudolph. Sound Charlene Moore. Costumes Wanda Farian. Make-up Chrystal Gray. Casting Savannah Luff. Assistant director Amanda Kindzierski. Production manager Rhayne Vermette, Savannah Luff. Executive producer Rhayne Vermette. With Isabelle d'Eschambault, Jack Theis, Valerie Marion, Dolorès Gosselin, Roger Vermette, Andrina Turenne, Denise Tougas, Yvette Deveau, Paulette Cooksey, Rhéanne Vermette.
Films: 2012: Tricks are for Kiddo (5 min.), Tudor Village: A One Shot Deal (5 min.). 2013: Black Rectangle (2 min.). 2014: Rob What (20 min.). 2016: Les Châssis de Lourdes (18 min.). 2017: Domus (15 min.).