The Three Simones of Endorphine | ICI.Radio-Canada.ca

In 2015, more than 13 years after A crab in the headAndré Turpin (also brilliant director of photography, especially for Xavier Dolan) signed endorphin, a second feature film intertwining the destinies of three characters named Simone, not hesitating to mix space-times and solicit the sensations of those who watch the film until they are hypnotized. Let’s try to see it more clearly.



Endorphine, by André Turpin Photo: Seville Films

Simone and the trauma

The first Simone we meet is 13 years old and has to deal with a real tragedy: witnessing the murder of her mother on the service stairs.

Incarnated by Sophie Nélisse, this Simone is that of unconscious time, the one through whom we will feel that our perception of time can just as well be influenced by the work of our unconscious, especially in adolescence.

How does memory work? This is indeed one of the subjects ofendorphinwho doesn’t hesitate to illustrate it with fascinating games of editing, sound textures and stylistic effects, and with a rather vertiginous idea of ​​time as something nonlinear.


A woman from behind is walking between two rows of gray buildings.
Endorphine, by André Turpin Photo: Seville Films

Simone and creative mathematics

Simone, this time, is 25 years old and multiplies the activities, between her studies in mathematics, her work in a parking lot and her art, which she broadcasts on Instagram. This without mentioning these funny visions that haunt her. Like in a David Lynch movie, endorphin mixes the banal and the strange, the dreamlike nightmare and the living.

Mylène McKay, who plays this complex and contradictory Simone, plagued by obsessive guilt, defends her with originality by composing a young woman who is both strong, adventurous and ultra-vulnerable, troubled.

With her, the film enters dream time (or nightmare?), an infinite loop of time that constantly folds back on itself.


A finger points to a seated young girl (Sophie Nélisse).
Endorphine, by André Turpin Photo: Seville Films

Simone and thought

Simone, 60, is a science teacher and gives lectures on our perception of time. Lise Roy, with tremendous charisma and authority, then became our Simone-guide.

Because it is through it that we are going to be able to begin to glimpse the beginning of the beginning of an explanation. Indeed, like André Turpin, this Simone shares with us her fascination for time, a fundamentally elastic material felt differently depending on the moment, the person, the place… To our brains!


endorphin, on ICI Télé, on the 29th, at 12:42 a.m.

The trailer (source: YouTube)


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