Hot Docs 2024: Qs à la mode with… Chloé Barreau (Fragments of a Life Loved)

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Director Chloé Barreau revisits her past relationships — the good, the bad and everything in between — through candid interviews with her former partners in Fragments of a Life Loved. We posed our Qs à la mode to Chloé, and here’s what she shared!


If I had to describe my film using only three adjectives, they would be: Nostalgic, shameless, heart-breaking.

I decided to make this film because: I’ve been dumped. And thought I would never love again. I was wrong. With this film, I wanted to go back in time to relive the love once shared. 

The thing that surprised me most about my film’s subject/topic was: Love never really ends. Relationships do. 

My favorite moment/scene/sequence in my film is: For me, the ending is a favourite. We worked quite a bit on that sequence as it needed to be both surprising and inevitable. And seeing tears in the eyes of the audience from the public screenings in Italy when the lights went back on, was priceless. 

The most challenging part of making my film was:  Dealing with a big production company run by men, and having to convince them that a personal story — if told in a certain way — can be universal. 

My most invaluable piece of doc-making gear was/is: Boxes, drawers, folders, multiple 16 TB hard disks… and all the archives on them.

One piece of documentary-filmmaking advice I’d like to share with aspiring documentarians is: Perseverance does pay off! I first wrote this project in 2014. And I only found a producer in 2022. 


Want to check out Chloé’s film, or just learn more about it?
Get the scoop, and your tickets, here!


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