Bernard Bellefroid

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, 2014 / 94 min / English and French with English and French subt. / Fiction

A homeless young hairdresser agrees to bear an older woman’s child in exchange for enough money to start her own long dreamt-of salon. Holed up in the elder lady’s English country home by the sea, the two women first warily circle each other, then slowly start to bond around convoluted questions of motherhood. (Ronnie Scheib, Variety, September 15 2014)

Just like “The Boat Race”, “Melody” is about parentage, about adoption, about two women who will find, one a mother and the other a daughter. That is what the film is really about. (Bernard Bellefroid)

Fri 06/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia Public

In the presence of Bernard Bellefroid

The film explores sensitively the different facets of motherhood and affirms strongly the importance of bonding and maternal commitment.(, September 9, 2014)

  • Prix du public long-métrage fiction de la Ville de Namur & Prix Cinevox, Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2014, Belgium
  • Prix d'interprétation féminine pour Rachael Blake et Lucie Debay& Mention spéciale du Jury oecuménique, Festival des Film du Monde de Montréal 2014, Canada
Cast & Credits
Lucie Debay, Rachael Blake, Don Gallagher
Bernard Bellefroid, Carine Zimmerlin, Collaboration Anne-Louise Trividic et Marcel Beaulieu
David Williamson
Jean-Luc Simon
Carine Zimmerlin
Régine Constant
Fréderic Vercheval
Samsa Film, Artémis Productions, Liaison cinématographique
Mille et une Films, RTBF
Samsa Distribution

Born in Liège, Belgium in 1978, Bernard Bellefroid graduated from the National Film School of Belgium (INSAS) in 2003 and made his first documentary two years later, “Rwanda, the Hills Speak Out”. He had previously directed three shorts: “Nous sommes au monde” (2000), “Fiona” (2001) and “Quand on est mort”, on ne respire plus (2002). He directed another documentary, “Why We Can't See Each Other Outside When the Sun is Shining”, in 2007, and his first feature, “The Boat Race”, in 2009.

  • Melody, 2014
  • La régate, 2009
  • Pourquoi on ne peut pas se voir dehors quand il fait beau (doc), 2007
  • Rwanda, les collines parlent (doc), 2006
  • Quand on est mort on ne respire plus (short), 2002
  • Fiona (short), 2001
  • Nous sommes au monde (doc), 2000