“Mimine” is a short drama film directed by Simon Laganière and released in 2021. The film is the story of a father, recently separated from his wife, who finds himself spending time with his son for the day and decides to create an unforgettable moment for him.
This ten-minute drama portrays the imperfect yet beautiful bond between a father and son, as they create an unforgettable moment together.
In “Mimine,” we meet Bonus, a clumsy but carefree father who is spending the day with his young son. Worried about being replaced in his son’s affections by his ex-wife’s new partner, Bonus is determined to impress his son by creating a magical experience filled with inflated helium balloons.
The film’s concept is unusual, but the theme of the relationship between a father and son, especially during childhood, is universal. The film’s dreamy and colorful aesthetic adds an extra layer of charm to the story.
The short film has been warmly appreciated at numerous festivals across the world since its release. The film won Best Regional Film at the 2023 Festival Plein(s) Écran(s), and it was nominated for Best Live Action Short Drama at the 11th Canadian Screen Awards.
Overall, “Mimine” is a heartwarming and captivating short film that celebrates the beauty of fatherhood and the special bond between a father and son.
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Cast: Laurent Lemaire as Mimine, Stéphane Breton as Bonus, Émilie Lévesque as Karine
Written & Directed By: Simon Laganière
Cinematography: Alexandre Lampron
Set Design: Eric Barbeau
Editing: Stéphane Lafleur
Music: Simon Laganière
Producers: Fanny Drew, Sarah Mannering (Colonelle films)
Release Year: 2023
About the Filmmaker
Champlain-born artist Simon Laganière has gained a reputation for his compelling short films that have been featured in numerous festivals. His latest work, “Follow the Fox” (2014), received critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Live Action Short Drama at both the Canadian Screen Awards and the Gala Québec Cinéma.
However, Laganière’s storytelling passion extends beyond the realm of cinema. Alongside his film projects, he also devotes his creative energy to his band, Les Frères Goyette, which has released four albums. For Laganière, music serves as another medium to visualize and narrate a story, allowing him to explore his artistic vision through multiple avenues.