Claire Doyon
Penelope my love
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Penelope my love

Penelope my love

Claire Doyon

88 min.
Without dialogues
Subtitles: Catalan and English

What is involved in raising a child with autism spectrum disorder? Claire Doyon films her daughter from birth to puberty. An ode to empathy.


Claire Doyon
Executive Production
Carole Chassaing
Claire Doyon, Olivier Schwob (filming in Burgundy)
Tamara Films, COfilms, Micro Climat
Claire Doyon, Pascale Granel (filming in Burgundy)
Claire Doyon

A moving first-person account of the vicissitudes of a mother learning to live with her daughter Penelope's autism spectrum disorder. Claire Doyon's brutal honesty in filming Penelope's development puts us in the shoes of a mother forced to accept an unexpected reality. An ode to empathy filled with nuances and contradictions. The doctors’ insensitivity contrasts with the healing effect of animals and nature to calm Penelope's anxiety. A moving story filmed from the heart: the camera allows Claire Doyon to come to terms with Penelope's indescribable world.

Screening and talk with the director of the film

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About the direction
Claire Doyon

Claire Doyon


After completing directing studies at the Fémis and Lee Strasberg School, Claire Doyon directed her...

Awards and festivals

FID Marseille - Georges de Beauregard Prize, Renaud Victor Prize
France, 2021
Santa Barbara IFF
USA, 2022
Rotterdam IFF
The Netherlands, 2022
MoMA Doc Fortnight
USA, 2022
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