Two lovers from another century

Two lovers from another century

Marie-Soleil Tougas and Jean-Claude Lauzon died in the other century. Twenty-five years have passed and everything has changed.

The children of the time only had one for Zoé, this rebellious preteen from the series Banana peel broadcast by Télé-Metropole. In a short time, Marie-Soleil, who embodied him with a singular truth, became one of the biggest stars in Quebec, if not the biggest. He finished the series, another series followed, then another and another until the last one, Ent Cadieuxwhose rehearsal ended in June, a few days before she went on vacation with Jean-Claude Lauzon, her lover.

After the rehearsal, at her request, I dined with Marie-Soleil. She had just resumed living with Jean-Claude for the umpteenth time. Her love affairs were tumultuous. Although she loved Jean-Claude like a son, having met him several years earlier on the set of a corporate film for Bombardier, she advised Marie-Soleil to end this relationship. “This love is too difficult, it will end up devouring you. »

Good soul and heart of gold, Marie-Soleil still wanted to give him one last chance. She would never see her again.


It was the time when our TV stars reigned supreme. Netflix and the other streamers had not yet managed to break Quebec’s tightly knit television audience. Télé-Métropole was enthroned at the top of the ratings, the aspiring radio Canadian was still hot on his heels.

On Sunday night, August 10, 1997, when the news broke that Marie-Soleil had died in Jean-Claude’s seaplane crash, all of Quebec had a hard time closing its eyes.

The next day, all the media were dressed in black and playing sad music. The tone of the animators was funereal. From Montreal to Gaspé, from Rouyn to Sherbrooke, the name of Marie-Soleil was on everyone’s lips. The mourning was national. As it had been ten years earlier for former Prime Minister René Lévesque.

I’m not exaggerating anything.

Few Quebecers knew Jean-Claude Lauzon. His first feature film A zoo at nightwon the Genie Award for Best Canadian Film, but his second, Leolo, had left the Cannes Film Festival jury cold. At best, his film had won the Genius for best screenplay and best costume.


Though The Decline of the American Empire won the Oscar for best foreign film in 1986, this century was not that of Quebec cinema. The public still avoided him. And what about this Lauzon? He was nothing but a drooling, rebellious and ill-mannered. Hadn’t he torn up, live on television, the $100,000 check that SODEC had just given him for A zoo at night ?

Nonetheless, Leolohis second and last feature film, ended up appearing on the list of the 100 best films of all time, established by the famous critics of the magazine Weather, Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss. But Jean-Claude never knew anything about it. He was 2005 and he had died eight years earlier. He maybe he would have torn up the magazine. Weather for having taken so long to recognize his talent!


Can a filmmaker as extraordinary and assertive as Jean-Claude receive a check from the public treasury today?

Could a woman as free and transparent as Marie-Soleil date such a ruthless, rude and impulsive man?

Perhaps, but only if she were as generous and authentic as the girl described by Micheline Bégin in Marie-Soleil and Jean-Claude, beyond the stars, the extraordinary documentary that director Jean-François Poisson has just finished. Holding back tears and sobs modestly, Micheline, Marie-Soleil’s mother, is the most emotional witness of the film that we can see from today on Videotron’s Vrai platform.

Marie-Soleil and Jean-Claude were from another century, but it will be a long time before we forget this bright and endearing young woman who had managed to put the reins around the neck of this fiery director who we thought was indomitable. .

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