Four friends swear a solemn oath.
Writer/director/producer: Joëlle Arseneau
The short film Gloria was an opportunity to immerse myself again in my passion for filmmaking.
I wanted the first few minutes of the movie to feel like a throwback to teen horror movies from the late ’80s and early ’90s. I wanted to explore the complexity of relationships between girls, especially during this period of adolescence.
At this time in life, we often want to please others at any price, and social pressure is strong – an amalgam of secrets, lies and betrayal. In high school, alliances and allegiances change all the time. Finally, I really like to be surprised by the endings of movies; I hope that viewers will be with Gloria!
We shot the film in one day; it was a wonderful experience for me. I had a lot of fun directing these actresses and actors of great talent. They gave life to the characters that I had imagined with great finesse. The whole team around me was also exceptional!
About Joëlle Arseneau
Hailing from Quebec’s Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, Joëlle Arseneau moved to Montreal to study film at L’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) before earning a second degree in management at HEC Montreal.
Since as far back as she can remember, Joëlle dreamed of making movies. That dream stayed with her, leading her to make her cinematic debut and get actively involved in her field.
As versatile as she is creative, Joëlle has several film credits under her belt as a director, producer and editor. She sees every project as a fresh opportunity, fearlessly embracing every challenge.
Joëlle founded Le Pied Marin Production in 2009.