Borderline (2008 film)

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Directed byLyne Charlebois
Written byLyne Charlebois
Marie-Sissi Labrèche
Produced byRoger Frappier
Luc Vandal
StarringIsabelle Blais
Jean-Hugues Anglade
Angèle Coutu
Sylvie Drapeau
Laurence Carbonneau
Pierre-Luc Brillant
Marie-Chantal Perron
Antoine Bertrand
Hubert Proulx
CinematographySteve Asselin
Edited byYvann Thibaudeau
Music byBenoît Jutras
Max Films Productions
Distributed byTVA Films
Release date
  • February 8, 2008 (2008-02-08) (Canada)
Running time
110 minutes

Borderline is a 2008 Canadian film directed by Lyne Charlebois and co-written with Marie-Sissi Labrèche, based on her novels Borderline and La Brèche. It has won ten awards and one nomination.


The film follows Kiki (Isabelle Blais), a graduate student in Montreal living with borderline personality disorder. Through flashbacks, the viewer learns of her past: an unknown father and a mentally ill mother (Sylvie Drapeau) who was later institutionalized. While she was raised by her grandmother (Angèle Coutu), the effects of Kiki's family trauma show in her using physical intimacy to avoid emotional intimacy. With her grandmother being on the verge of death, Kiki tries to cope with how her actions have wrecked her relationships with friends, alongside the emptiness of her current affair with her thesis advisor. As she turns thirty, Kiki meets her most painful love: herself.


Genie Award – Adapted Screenplay; Prix Jutra – Director, Best Actress (Blais), Best Supporting Actress (Coutu), Editing



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