Pascale Bussières

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Pascale Bussières
Born (1968-06-27) June 27, 1968 (age 55)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Pascale Bussières (born June 27, 1968) is a French Canadian actress.

Life and work[edit]

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Pascale Bussières first attracted attention as a suicidal teenager in Micheline Lanctôt’s 1984 film Sonatine; however, it was Blanche, the 1993 Radio-Canada series directed by Charles Binamé that gave her star status in Quebec. After Blanche, and then a lead in Binamé’s Generation-X picture Eldorado, Bussières became the 1990s heir to Geneviève Bujold and Carole Laure – the most charismatic actress of her generation. It's a measure of Bussières's range as an actress that her follow-up to Eldorado was the role of a prim-and-proper mythology teacher who discovers her lesbian desires in Patricia Rozema's When Night Is Falling. She also gives a standout performance as an alienated fashion model who wants to conceive a child in Denis Villeneuve's debut feature, August 32nd on Earth (Un 32 août sur terre), and won both the 2004 Best Actress Prix Jutra and Genie Award for her dramatic impersonation of Quebec singing star Alys Robi in Bittersweet Memories (Ma vie en cinémascope).[1][2]

In 2023 she appeared in the music video for Karkwa's single "Parfaite à l'écran".[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Sonatine Chantal
1992 Phantom Life (La Vie fantôme) Laure
1993 Two Can Play (Deux actrices) Solange
1995 When Night Is Falling Camille Baker
1995 Eldorado Rita
1996 La forêt et le bûcheron Narrator / Forest Short
1997 The Whole of the Moon Sarah
1997 Les mille merveilles de l'univers Lily
1997 Twilight of the Ice Nymphs Juliana Kossel
1997 Honeymoon Louise
1998 When I Will Be Gone (L'Âge de braise) Nathalie
1998 Streetheart (Le cœur au poing) Marianne
1998 August 32nd on Earth (Un 32 août sur terre) Simone
1999 Set Me Free (Emporte-moi) Hana's Mother
1999 The Five Senses Gail
1999 Memories Unlocked (Souvenirs intimes) Lucie
2000 Pandora's Beauty (La beauté de Pandore) Pandore
2000 Girls Can't Swim Céline
2000 Between the Moon and Montevideo Juta
2000 The Bottle (La Bouteille) Léa
2001 Xchange Madeleine Renard
2001 Replay Louise
2002 Les moutons de Jacob Pascale
2002 Chaos and Desire (La Turbulence des fluides) Alice Bradley
2003 Small Cuts Mathilde
2004 The Blue Butterfly Teresa Carlton
2004 Bittersweet Memories (Ma vie en cinemascope) Alys Robi
2006 The Little Book of Revenge (Guide de la petite vengeance) Sandrine
2007 La capture La mère
2008 Nothing Really Matters Carly
2008 Afterwards Anna
2009 Suzie Viviane
2011 Blast from the Past Véronica Short
2011 Wetlands (Marécages) Marie
2011 French Immersion Sylvie Tremblay
2011 Fear of Water (La Peur de l'eau) Élise
2013 Émilie Adrianna
2014 Love Project (Love Projet) Madame Cowboy
2015 Ville-Marie Marie Santerre
2015 The Saver Mrs. Coleville
2015 The Demons (Les Démons) Claire
2015 Anna Sophie
2016 The Other Side of November (L'Autre côté de novembre) Dr. Louise
2017 We Are the Others (Nous sommes les autres) Myriam Lambert
2017 Innocent (Innocent) Julie
2020 Death of a Ladies' Man Sarah Savard
2021 Bootlegger Laura
2023 Frontiers (Frontières) Diane Messier


Year Title Role Notes
1990-91 Chambres en ville Marie Vincent Regular role
1991 Marilyn Marie-Michèle St. Jean TV series
1993 La princesse astronaute Noémie TV series
1993 Blanche Blanche Pronovost TV series
1993 Bye Bye Various TV series
1996 Marguerite Volant Eléonore Volant TV miniseries
1997 Platinum Michelle Michaud TV film
1997 Paparazzi Valérie Morin TV series
1998 Thunder Point Jenny Baker TV film
2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Adrianna Locke "Dust to Dust"
2005-07 Le cœur a ses raisons Becky Walters Regular role
2006 René Lévesque Louise L'Heureux TV miniseries
2007 Rallye Müvmedia Pascale Bussières TV series
2007 Race to Mars Jackie Decelles TV miniseries
2008 René Levesque - Le destin d'un chef Louise L'Heureux TV miniseries
2008-09 Belle-Baie Margot Paulin TV series
2010-11 Mirador Véronique Laplace TV series
2012 En thérapie Marie TV series
2014 Complexe G Sarah TV series
2016 Premonitions Clara Jacob TV series
2021 Sortez-moi de moi Julie Mathieu TV series

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pike, David Lawrence (2012). Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 118–124. ISBN 978-1-4426-4399-4.
  2. ^ Wise, Wyndham (2001). Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 31. ISBN 0-8020-3512-4. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Pascal Leblanc, "Karkwa fait vivre toutes les émotions à Pascale Bussières". La Presse, May 17, 2023.

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