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 pre-adolescent from the series Banana skin broadcast by Télé-Métropole. In no time, Marie-Soleil, who embodied it with a singular truth, became one of the great stars of Quebec, if not the greatest. The series ended, another series followed, then another and another until the last, Ent Cadieuxwhose rehearsal ended in June, a few days before she left on vacation with Jean-Claude Lauzon, her lover.

After the rehearsal, at his request, I ate with Marie-Soleil. She had just resumed living together with Jean-Claude for the umpteenth time. Their loves were tumultuous. Even though I loved Jean-Claude like a son, having known him several years earlier during the shooting of a corporate film for Bombardier, I had advised Marie-Soleil to put an end to 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. I was never going to see her once more.


It was the time when our television stars reigned supreme. Netflix and the other streamers had not yet broken up the tightly knit audience of Quebec television. Télé-Métropole was enthroned at the top of the ratings, the aspiring radio-Canadian still on the heels.

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

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

I am 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, Léolo, had left the jury of the Cannes Film Festival cold. At most, his film had won the Genie for best screenplay and best costumes.


Even 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 shunned him. And what regarding this Lauzon? He was just a drooler, a rebellious and badly brought up. Hadn’t he torn up, live on television, the check for $100,000 that SODEC had just awarded him for A zoo at night ?

Nevertheless, Léolohis 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 Time, Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss. But Jean-Claude never knew anything regarding it. It was 2005 and he had died eight years earlier. Maybe he would have torn up the magazine Time for having taken so long to recognize his talent!

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Today, might a filmmaker as extraordinary and as assertive as Jean-Claude still receive a check from the public treasury?

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

Maybe, but only if she were as generous and as authentic as the girl Micheline Bégin describes in Marie-Soleil and Jean-Claude, beyond the stars, the remarkable documentary just completed by director Jean-François Poisson. Holding back her tears and sobs with modesty, Micheline, the mother of Marie-Soleil, is the most touching witness of the film that we can see from today on the Vrai platform of Videotron.

Marie-Soleil and Jean-Claude were from another century, but it will still be a long time before we forget this young woman so luminous and so endearing who had succeeded in putting the reins around the neck of this fiery director whom we believed to be indomitable. .

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