Generous TV by Jean-Marie Lapointe

Generous TV by Jean-Marie Lapointe

Jean-Marie Lapointe is not only generous with the camera. Altruism has always run through his veins.

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Richard Therrien

Richard Therrien
Sun

Immediately after our conversation, he went to serve food at the Maison du Père in Montreal, as he does every Wednesday. Two days later, it will be at the Bon Accueil Mission, another valuable resource for the less fortunate, where he will do it.

“My volunteer commitment, I need it. A bit like a pianist who needs to do his scales and arpeggios. There is nothing like volunteering to bring you back to earth,” he tells me.

Victorious at two, his new series broadcast on Moi et Cie from Monday at 9pm, is faithful to his profound nature. Each week, we put the focus on the immediate environment of a disabled athlete, these essential companions who are the eyes, the arms, the support of the latter.

“In the vignettes that we usually see of Olympic or Paralympic athletes, the portrait focuses exclusively on the athlete. For us it is exactly the opposite: you have to see the athlete and become attached to him, but we also want to show the human quality of the volunteers and companions”, explains Jean-Marie Lapointe, who wanted to know his motivations.

We can consider the relationship between the paraathlete and the companion as a situation of dependency; Watching the series, we prefer to see a symbiosis between beings who fully trust each other and contribute a lot to each other.

This is evident in Monday’s episode, which focuses on Maximilien Moreau, a tandem bicycle rider, who teams up with Benoit Lalumière Cloutier, a blind person whose visual acuity is limited to six degrees, just like in the Simon Boulérice series. You will see them compete in an exciting race in which they must make 180-degree turns. Because the series also relies heavily on performance and overtaking.

Directed and written by Pierre-Antoine Fournier, this six-half-hour series is highly inspiring. Victorious at two it is a continuation of Jean-Marie Lapointe’s involvement for two decades as spokesperson for Défi sportif AlterGo, which brings together athletes with a functional limitation each year.


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Paralympic athlete Mathieu St-Pierre with Jean-Marie Lapointe

Most of the episodes end in the apotheosis of a great competition, like the first one, offered free on TVA+, where the camera focused on the wife of skydiving athlete Mathieu St-Pierre, Julianne Morin-Nolet, who was looking at her boyfriend to participate in the Tokyo Games.

A “drive belt”

Within Value addeda series of interviews conducted by Véronique Cloutier with personalities who embody different values, offered since June 15 in the Véro.tv section of ICI Tou.tv Extra, Jean-Marie Lapointe confesses that half of the messages he receives are requests helpful and takes the time to respond to each one.

“When a mother writes to tell you that she no longer sees her son who is on the street and wonders if he is still alive, and then we find out that her son has been found drowned under the Jacques-Cartier bridge, how can you not to answer that? Yes, it takes time, but it’s never heavy for me.

“I have so many resources around me that I am sure I have a possible solution. I’m not piggybacking on solving your problem, I’m not playing hero, I’m just a transmission belt. »

Jean Lapointe News

I couldn’t talk to Jean-Marie Lapointe without asking him about his father, Jean Lapointe, whom the public was delighted to see again in an interview with Patrice Roy during the holidays.

“My father lights with the kodak, he is a showman! Jean-Marie tells me.

“What has happened to him is miraculous. Two years ago he was admitted to CHUM in such a deplorable state. With CHSLD Saint-Georges, they brought him in, they fixed him. Dad has circulation and articulation problems, some small episodes of dementia, but at Despite everything, he lives in the present moment, he has always been very anxious and today I feel that he is much less anxious.

“He is strong, my father. When he is there, he is all there. We enjoyed every moment with him because what tells me he’s going to be there next week? He hasn’t received an end-of-life diagnosis, but I won’t take any chances. »


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