Solo tells the story of a Montreal drag queen (Pellerin) who endures two toxic relationships: the first with Olivier, a drag artist and manipulative lover played by French actor Félix Maritaud, and a second with his cold and distant mother, a famous opera singer played by Anne-Marie Cadieux.
The cast also includes Jean Marchand, Vlad Alexis, Tommy Joubert and Marc-André Leclair (also known as Montreal drag queen Tracy Trash) as the film’s “drag group”.
Dupuis, who identifies as queer, says it was imperative to authentically recreate the world of drag.
“The majority of our cast is queer, as are many of the people working behind the camera. This was important to me because they had the freedom to help shape this film. If they were not a part of the community, I never would have gotten that input,” she adds.
“Many cast and crew members told me they felt as if they were participating in a project that would have a positive societal impact, and wished that they could have seen films like Solo when they were growing up.”
‘No one way to create art’
The movie — released on September 15 in Quebec and on October 6 across Canada — comes on the heels of protests against drag shows and artists across North America.
“In the United States, many protestors are really using drag as a way to target the trans community,” Dupuis says.