Set in late 19th century new orleans, LE PARDON portrays an unusual dialog between a man and a woman: he is heard but never seen, and she is seen but never speaks. A ghostly tale of an almost encounter, it is a poem about forgiveness, the art of listening and an hommage to the crescent city. French with english subtitles.
Starring MARIO BRASSARD (the longest week, 30 rock, gossip girl) and NICOLE BARRÉ (zoo, the paperboy).
Produced in association with Triple8Park Pictures.
LE PARDON premiered at Hill Country Film Festival in fredericksburg, texas on May 1, 2014. To date, it has been programmed into 24 FESTIVALS in 4 countries, winning 8 AWARDS, including BEST SCORE, BEST COSTUME DESIGN, BEST POSTER and BEST DIRECTOR.
Written and Directed by
Margarethe Baillou and Madeline S. McEneney
LE PARDON zooms in on one of the most human needs there is: dignity, both one’s own as well as that of others. In this case, it is achieved through a dialog based on both honesty and regard therefor. A male and a female share a dialog about his broken heart. He is heard but not seen; she is seen but stays silent throughout, listening. In the end, there is closure. Artistically, I decided to mirror the narrative dialog with the most fundamental synergy in film: visuals and audio.
I wrote LE PARDON in one sitting one day while in Toronto. Repeatedly, I attempted to add on to it, but it always felt like wearing one too many pieces of jewelry. I finally gave up and accepted its length. One and a half years later, after many months of searching for the right location for LE PARDON, I visited New Orleans for the first time and was instantly taken by the city’s humbling beauty and its almost spiritual love for the arts. I had rarely seen a place that embraced every visitor so generously the way New Orleans does. Still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, the city has rebuilt niches for its most defining inhabitants: artists and their passionate worlds. Having lost so many people and homes, it welcomes new ones. I knew New Orleans was capable of meeting my little story at eye level. Just in time before the Holidays, LE PARDON had found a home.
After reviewing the script with my fellow producer, Madeline S. McEneney, we began reaching out to New Orleans, and with local help from our production manager, Pamela Moriarty, the production schedule shaped up quickly. We flew in on a Monday and went straight to casting. That same night, we selected an actress, Nicole Barré, rehearsed on Tuesday, shot on Wednesday at the Benachi House and wrapped on Thursday. On Friday, we were back on a plane to New York. During that short time, we were invited to the homes of two of our crew members who had known us for only a few days, an example of the extraordinary warmth and hospitality of the people of New Orleans.
Our New York casting director, Judy Bowman, found our “Male Voice”. Mario Brassard walked into the room and stunned us all by delivering his lines so perfectly and in the exact way I had always read them to others that it made me wonder if he was in fact able to read my mind. His recordings at HSR I NY took less than half an hour. The film’s mood was accentuated by the dreamlike, slightly uncanny score by Jody Gray and bookend theme by “Music Box Man”, John Morton, who handcrafted a music box on which to play his composition.
LE PARDON is a small, delicate film, a kind of a blink-of-an-eye story, a glimpse offering admission to a lover’s soul, a reflection on the art of listening and my personal hommage to the spiritually indestructible Crescent City.
Margarethe Baillou, Director/Writer/Producer
LE PARDON was the first time I produced both a foreign language film and in New Orleans. The city is a beautiful location, we had a great crew who provided us with such an efficient work environment that allowed us to complete everything within a week. I would work there again in a heartbeat.
Madeline S. McEneney, Producer
To score LE PARDON, I choose instruments like paper accordion, harmonium, an out-of-tune piano and solo cello to create dreamlike, romantic music to accompany the strong, melancholy imagery, somewhat non-linear narrative and deft sound design. I used the quiet moments in the piece a lot as punctuation. It’s very late 19th century with whiffs of New Orleans.
Jody Gray, Composer (Original Score)
Mario Brassard Man (VO)
Mario Brassard is a French Canadian actor. Film and television credits include GOSSIP GIRL, SPIN CITY, Dorothy Parker’s THE SEXES, Jorg Fockele's SPOKES, SWIMFAN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, GUIDING LIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS. Stage credits include Theresa Rebeck’s KATIE AND FRANK, Geoffrey Nauffts’s BABY STEPS, directed by Charles Tuthill; THE KILLING GAME (Ionesco Festival), BENT (Gallery Players), LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, directed by Michael Unger, and THE STUDENT PRINCE at the Opéra de Montréal. Mario's voice work ranges from commercials for Hyatt Hotels and Bridgestone Tires to the audio book version of Daniel Boulud's LETTERS TO A YOUNG CHEF. He lives in New York.
Nicole Barré Woman
Nicole Barré is an actress and acting coach. Her film credits include RACING FOR TIME and MONSTERWOLF. She has appeared in television commercials, including those for Ford Lincoln alongside Harry Connick Jr. and for Easy Spirit Shoes. As assistant, she has worked for cinematographer and Academy Award winner, Robert Richardson, as well as for actors, Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie and Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt and their children during their travels. Recently, Nicole was signed on as on-set acting coach for the child actors of ON THE ROAD. She has studied at the University of New Orleans with a focus on drama and communications. In Los Angeles, she studied under Steve Helgoth. She lives in New Orleans where she teaches “Acting and Introduction to Television & Film” at John Robert Powers Performing Arts Academy, while actively pursuing her career in the film and television capital known as “Hollywood South”.
Madeline S. McEneney Producer
Madeline S. McEneney is an independent filmmaker. A media industry veteran with over 15 years of experience at companies such as HBO, Disney, PBS, National Geographic, and The Jim Henson Company. With a rounded expertise in production, concept development, distribution and marketing, Madeline focuses primarily on documentaries, narratives and children's content for all media. Selected projects and credits include the docudrama C. S. LEWIS: BEYOND NARNIA, a primetime Christmas special on the BBC, HBO documentaries including Academy Award winners THE PERSONALS and KING GIMP, as well as Emmy Award winner CHILDREN IN WAR. Under her own production banner, Triple8Park Pictures, Madeline has also produced ONE AFTER for M.Y.R.A. Entertainment. She is the producer and director of PEACE BY PIECE, a documentary exploring possibilities for world peace. A member of New York Women in Film and Television and an Atlantik-Bruecke Young Leader, Madeline lives in New York.
Peter Shirer Director of Photography
Peter Shirer is a director of photography and gaffer. With over 25 years of experience, he has worked on over 1000 commercials across the United States as well as on movies, music videos, television shows and documentaries in China, Indonesia, Australia, Poland and Canada. He and his family live in New Orleans.
Jody Gray Composer, Original Score
Jody Gray is an award-winning composer, songwriter, producer, musical director and arranger. His credits include the animated features CLIFFORD'S REALLY BIG MOVIE (Warner Bros.), ARTHUR'S MISSING PAL (Lionsgate) and STELLALUNA (MGM/Scholastic) among others. Jody's documentary works include Director Allan Neuwirth’s WHAT'S THE NAME OF THE DAME?, DEATH BY HANGING: A FAMILY'S PLEDGE FOR ALLEGIANCE (HBO) and biographies of Ted Kennedy and Tom Hanks. His television credits as music producer and contributing composer include SESAME STREET (Abby’s Flying Fairy School), SEX AND THE CITY, ED and THE TONIGHT SHOW starring Jay Leno. In addition, Jody composed the music and songs for Cartoon Network’s cult hit COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG, countless LOONEY TUNES shorts (Warner Bros. Online), including Cartoon Network’s THE CHUCK JONES SHOW, M.Y.R.A. Entertainment's TELLING A YOU and JORINDE & JORINGEL, classic themes for the Cartoon Network Racing Game (Playstation 2/Nintendo) as well as major sports themes for CBS and FOX. He and his wife live in New York.
John Morton Composer, Music Box "Theme from Le Pardon"
John Morton is a music box composer. He has presented his music throughout the United States, and has participated in collaborations at The Kitchen, The Playwright’s Center, and at the Kohler Arts/Industry Program. His CD, OUTLIER-NEW MUSIC FOR MUSIC BOXES, was the subject of a feature and live performance on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday (“Music Box Man”). He received NYFA Fellowships in 2002 and 2006. His music box sound installation, THE DIARY OF EMILY TREVOR, was commissioned by the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, and he recently completed a new sound installation, SONIC HUDSON, for the library in Piermont, New York, commissioned by the New York State Fund for Music. His second CD, SOLO TRAVELER, was released in 2007. In summer 2009, CENTRAL PARK SOUND TUNNEL, a six-channel sound installation, was installed in a pedestrian tunnel north of the Central Park Zoo, and in November 2009, he collaborated on a music box sound installation based on Darwin's writings for Glyndor Gallery at Wave Hill. In 2010, he was a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center in Italy. Recent appearances and performances include two premiers with Glass Farm Ensemble in New York, performances at The Stone, Bard College, the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, the Circuit Bending Festival in New York, Music at the Anthology (MATA) at the Paula Cooper Gallery, the Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis, at Harvestworks in New York and at New York Mills Cultural Center in Minnesota. An interview and excerpts of his music appear as part of the National Public Radio’s AMERICAN MAVERICKS series and the American Music Center’s NEW MUSIC BOX (Spotlight Session). He lives in upstate New York.
Michael T. Capone Editor
Michael T. Capone is a film and television editor. His credits include season one of IFC’s THE MINOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF JACKIE WOODMAN, Versus’ THE ALL STAR BBQ SHOWDOWN and the acclaimed true crime feature, THE MANSON FAMILY, as well as numerous television projects for networks as diverse as ABC, CBS, HBO, VH1 and AMC. Michael earned a B.F.A. in Motion Pictures Production at Wright State University under the tutelage of two-time Academy Award nominated documentarians Jim Klein and Julia Reichert. He and his wife live in New York.
Frank Schumacher Editor/Colorist/Title Designer
Frank Schumacher is a producer, director of photography and film editor. His award-winning films include SINEMA LEO. Over the past 14 years, he has worked on countless projects for German public television and production companies. In 2000, he completed a feature film that included over 40 intellectually and physically challenged actors. For M.Y.R.A. Entertainment, he worked on TELLING A YOU. He is the co-founder of the film production company Filmwiese, based in Eltville near Wiesbaden and Hamburg, Germany. He works in five languages, including Swahili. Frank holds an M.A. in Film, Ethnology and African Philology from the University of Mainz, Germany. He splits his time between Eltville and Hamburg, Germany.
Daryl Moorhouse Sound Editor
Daryl Moorhead is an acclaimed producer, copywriter and professional voiceover artist for radio, television and Internet. As the founder and president of Tinpot Productions, a radio programming commercial production company in Dublin, Ireland, his clients include MTV, Boots, Gillette, Supermacs, Dunnes Stores and the Mordaunt Group. He has co-produced, recorded, edited and mixed numerous short form, comedy drama and documentary series for local and international radio stations. Highlights include WHO KILLED BILL?, a touching audio montage commemorating the fifth anniversary of the events of 9/11 which syndicated to 3,500 stations across the United States. For M.Y.R.A., he sound edited TELLING A YOU. Prior to Tinpot, he was a television series scriptwriter for one of Ireland's most successful entertainment shows YOU'RE A STAR. Daryl served as the Chairman of the Association of Independent Radio Producers of Ireland and is a proponent for independent radio programming and talent. He holds a B.A. in Advertising and Digital Communications from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Daryl lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Judy Bowman NY Casting Director
Judy Bowman is a casting director and head of Judy Bowman Casting. Her film credits include PERVERTIGO, LAST RIGHTS, BENNY THE BUM, TIGER LILY ROAD, BODY/ANTIBODY, DUANE INCARNATE. She was New York casting associate for SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, MEAN GIRLS and SHORTBUS. Her voiceover casting credits include: TRAVEL CHANNEL (promos), PROOF OF LIFE ON EARTH (ABC Family), NATE THE GREAT (PBS), Simon & Schuster Audiobooks and various commercial voiceover projects as well as M.Y.R.A. Entertainment projects OPERATION LITTLE VITTLES: THE CHOCOLATE BOMBER OF THE BERLIN AIRLIFT and JORINDE & JORINGEL. Judy’s New York theater casting credits include LAByrinth, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Keen Company, Packawallop, TFANA, Partial Comfort, & Project Y. Her regional theater casting credits include NY Stage & Film, Humana Festival, Southern Rep, InterAct, A.R.T. Judy is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University’s Film School. She lives in New York.
Duncan McInnes Graphic Designer/Key Artist
Duncan McInnes is a freelance graphic & web designer and photographer. He has designed websites for businesses ranging from scenery shops to medical practices, and also for events as well, such as the U.S. visit of the descendant of the Buddha. Duncan has photographed a wedding, family portraits and musical events. For M.Y.R.A. Entertainment, aside from LE PARDON, he worked on the key arts for ONE AFTER and TELLING A YOU. When he is not working on a project or studying for school, he walks around with a camera, ready to capture anything. Originally from New York City, he is currently studying at Binghamton University in upstate New York.