Louise Portal’s diary

Every day God does, Louise Portal gets up at dawn, a habit that stems from her long attendance at film sets. Whether at his Nuns’ Island residence or at his cottage in Saint-David-de-Falardeau, his first step is to put a few lines in his diary. It became a ritual, a form of prayer, meditation, described the actress and author during an interview conducted a few days ago.
Louise Portal came back to the roots, in a way, by owning a cottage on Clair Lake, near the lot where her parents’ house was. She also revisited her personal diary, whose first notebook dates back to 1963, to prepare a book called The Diary of a Life.

Louise Portal came back to the roots, in a way, by owning a cottage on Clair Lake, near the lot where her parents’ house was. She also revisited her personal diary, whose first notebook dates back to 1963, to prepare a book called

She completed a stay in the Saguenay, which tend to multiply since the purchase of the cottage, six months ago. At the time of his childhood, it was a doctor who owned it, and the young Lapointe went there frequently, since it is next to the one owned by their parents, which was shaved, then replaced by a construction more modern.

The place is inspiring, especially when Louise Portal settles in front of the rustic table where her newspaper rests. The showcase of the lounge offers a bird’s eye view of the lake, a view punctuated by conifers and birches, which give the impression of floating between heaven and earth. During the meeting with Le Progrès , a black-and-white photograph, that of a woman dear to her heart, adorned the page on the left. A memory, and maybe a source of inspiration.

“At the time of writing, one can look at the exterior landscape or the interior landscape. We can also stick an image and let what has to be revealed, “says the one who, on March 21, will file a new title in bookstores in Quebec. Published in Druide, this work, which is unlike any other, at least within its literary career, is called The diary of my life .

It is the result of an experiment that the artist began in 1963, while she was a boarder in Quebec at the Ursulines. Leave her parents, lose her bearings, and most importantly, live apart from Pauline, her twin sister. It was a lot of first time in the space of a few months. “I was 13 years old and I lived like a wrench,” says Louise Portal. Now, the newspaper gave me an anchor. I found the environment conducive to reflect on myself. ”

Very early, she enjoyed pasting things in her notebooks, scrapbooking before the letter. This habit has helped her preserve treasures that, for eight years, have been entrusted to the care of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec located in Old Montreal. There were 20 boxes, and in his newspapers, you can read a letter from François Truffaut – the original, not a photocopy -, filming schedules, photos, an email from Charlotte Rampling and tutti quanti.

“The diary is the receptacle of many aspects of my life,” confirms Louise Portal, who has selected pages intersecting the various phases of her journey to include them in The diary of my life . Thus one discovers a drawing made in 1964, accompanied by a photograph of the passport type and bits of sentences written with application, since the nuns took these things seriously.

Other documents, along with recent reminiscences, paint a portrait of a woman who, despite her careers as an actress, singer and author, resembles all others. The emotions of adolescence, the haircuts with variable geometry, the inspiring journeys, the joys and the mournings are representative of its time. All can recognize it.

“I added writing tracks and left free pages for readers to fill. It had been a long time since people had expressed the desire to keep a journal, while believing that it was not for them. Instead of being in the mood, they hesitated, and my role is to accompany them inside a book that can follow them all their lives, “said Louise Portal

A rustic table, a book, as well as Louise Portal’s diary, as it appeared the day she welcomed the representatives of Progress at her cottage at Clair Lake. This image reflects the serenity that emanates from the artist in this winter, which in many ways was the season of memories.
A rustic table, a book, as well as Louise Portal’s diary, as it appeared the day she welcomed the representatives of Progress at her cottage at Clair Lake. This image reflects the serenity that emanates from the artist in this winter, which in many ways was the season of memories.

In The Diary of My Life, her most recent book, Louise Portal presents excerpts from her own workbooks, while offering advice to those who wish to engage in a similar practice. The book is published by Druide and the author is particularly proud of her bill, whether it is hard cover or a layout that is both elegant and airy.
In The Diary of My Life, her most recent book, Louise Portal presents excerpts from her own workbooks, while offering advice to those who wish to engage in a similar practice. The book is published by Druide and the author is particularly proud of her bill, whether it is hard cover or a layout that is both elegant and airy.

Although her career as an actress is still flourishing, Louise Portal is aware of having entered a different season, both professionally and personally. The passage of the years brings about a change of perspective. His roots in Saguenay, among others, are more and more apparent, cherished, maintained, as illustrated by the acquisition of a cottage in Saint-David-de-Falardeau.

“I have owned it for six months and made six stays during this period. As I have a novel project that will take place in the region, I am sure that my presence here will inspire me, “said the artist a few days ago, thanks to an interview given to Progress . A second book is looming in its immediate horizon, and without specifying its nature, it indicates that it is not a novel.

Also in Saguenay, Louise Portal was honored that the Théâtre des Amis de Chiffon asked her to adapt the tale Ulysse and Pénélope for the stage. This production for children was released in December in Chicoutimi, and the author retains only positive from this experience. “The team did a great job. I also liked participating in two creative labs with him. It was interesting, “she says.

It is clear, too, that his road will cross the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Book Fair in the fall, which will give him the opportunity to present his latest, Le journal de ma vie. At that time, Radio-Canada will broadcast the second season of Trop, a television series written by another Saguenay-born girl, Marie-Andrée Labbé.

We will also see Louise Portal in the second version of another drama presented by the Crown Corporation, Cheval-Serpent. “We just completed the shoot, and I’ll be in eight of the ten episodes. I play Odile, an alcoholic bar owner. It’s a woman who has a lot of suffering in her, “says the actress.

Since it is about filming, two others have been curled, this time for feature films. Directed by David Findlay, one of them is entitled Everything Outside and describes the unlikely relationship between an author in her sixties and a young painter of Lebanese origin. It will be released in the fall, just like The sluts or the natural sugar of the skin, Renée Beaulieu. “I play the mother of the main character that embodies Brigitte Poupart,” says Louise Portal.

The short film also offers interesting roles, which will demonstrate Pauline and Jean, directed by Juliette Granger. “Me and Gilles Renaud, we are grandparents who have to leave their farm. It’s touching, “says the actress. Always happy to serve the cause of the court, she participates in two or three productions a year, often at the request of young filmmakers.

Finally, she manages the heritage, ensuring that her personal archives, like those of her father, are preserved in appropriate conditions. His are in Montreal, while Marcel Portal’s papers, specifically those related to his artistic commitment, will remain in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

“The processing of his boxes is finished, and I have just brought other documents, letters, things from the Society of Poets and the Regional Museum,” reveals Louise Portal. Since it is about archives, she invites people to visit the exhibition, which will begin on March 26, at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, located in Old Montreal. Two showcases will highlight documents from the 20 boxes forming the fund identified with his name.

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