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Louise is inspired by animator Anita Lebeau's grandmother of Belgian descent. A fiercely independent 96-year old, Louise lives on her own near Bruxelles, a town in rural Manitoba.

Speaking in her own voice, Louise takes us through a day in her busy life, which includes coping with garden gophers and cupboards that have grown taller. To-do lists start off ambitiously but stumble up against her least favourite activities. Louise's plans may sometimes miscarry, but her sense of humour is foolproof.

Memories and snapshots from the family album revive a past where Belgian traditions meld with Prairie ways. Music is still a constant within the community and the soundtrack is a mix of old-time music played by various members of Louise's family and the fabled Bruxelles Brass Band.

Louise empowers all of us whose road is getting shorter.

2003, 09 min 57 s

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2006 Special Achievement Award
Silver Images Film & Video Awards
October 26 to 28 2006, Anaheim - USA

BLIZZARD Award - Animation
The BLIZZARDS/Manitoba Motion Picture Ind. Ass. Film & Video Awards
February 26 2006, Winnipeg - Canada

Special mention
Int’l Festival of Animated Films / I Castelli Animati
November 30 to December 4 2005, Genzano - Italy

Best Short Film Award - with a cash prize of $500Cdn
International French Film Festival
June 10 to 12 2005, Waterton - Canada

Canal J Jury Junior Award for a Short Film
International Animated Film Festival
June 6 to 11 2005, Annecy - France

Hiroshima Prize - with a cash award of 1,000,000Yen (9,145$US)
International Animation Festival
August 19 to 23 2004, Hiroshima - Japan

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