It's Your Turn, Laura Cadieux

It's Your Turn, Laura Cadieux (French: C't'à ton tour, Laura Cadieux) is a Canadian comedy film, directed by Denise Filiatrault and released in 1998.[1] The film was based on the comedic novel by Michel Tremblay.[2]

It's Your Turn, Laura Cadieux
C't'à ton tour, Laura Cadieux
Directed byDenise Filiatrault
Produced byDenise Robert
Written byDenise Filiatrault
StarringGinette Reno
Pierrette Robitaille
Sophie Lorain
Music byFrançois Dompierre
CinematographyDaniel Jobin
Edited byRichard Comeau
Viacom Canada
Telefilm Canada
Distributed byAlliance Atlantis
Release date
Running time
91 minutes

The film centers on a group of women in Montreal who meet once a week at a weight loss clinic.[3] Led by the titular Laura Cadieux (Ginette Reno), the women exchange stories and jokes and gossip in the waiting room. The women include Mme Bolduc (Adèle Reinhardt), who also suffers from eczema; the clinically depressed Mme Gladu (Mireille Thibault); the pregnant Mme Tardif (Sophie Lorain); and Mme Brouillette (Denise Dubois), a comic book fanatic.[3] Meanwhile Laura's best friend, Mme Therrien (Pierrette Robitaille), spends the entire film running around the city on a wild goose chase after Laura's son briefly got separated from them in the Montreal Metro en route to the appointment, and she immediately rushed off to find him entirely unaware that he turned up safe just moments later; and Vovonne (Danièle Lorain), another woman normally part of the group, has won a large sum of money at the casino and goes to her husband's workplace to tell him the news, but is getting stalled by his assistant Albert (Martin Drainville) because her husband is having sex with her friend Alice (Sonia Vachon) in the back room.[4]

At the 19th Genie Awards, both Reno and Robitaille were nominated for Best Actress, and Tremblay and François Dompierre were nominated for Best Original Song for "Laura la belle".[5] A sequel film, Laura Cadieux II (Laura suite), was released in 1999.[6]


  1. ^ "Laura Cadieux large as life: Gritty and poignant movie captures the feel of downtown Montreal through the eyes of a group of cheerful chubby women". Montreal Gazette, October 9, 1998.
  2. ^ "Two tales of Canadian women". Toronto Star, March 5, 1999.
  3. ^ a b "From coarse comedy to subliminal drama: Nowhere else in cinema has the subject of a woman's obesity been as well dramatized as it is here - and without any politically correct sermonizing". The Globe and Mail, March 5, 1999.
  4. ^ "A comedy with some meat on it". National Post, March 9, 1999.
  5. ^ "Genies genuflect for Red Violin". Montreal Gazette, December 8, 1998.
  6. ^ "Laura takes a cruise: Cadieux, part deux, offers laughs, but lacks depth of original". Montreal Gazette, December 3, 1999.

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