The Circus

In the vestibule of a hospital room, a young boy waits to see his dying mother. The clamor and spiralling movements of bodies around him intensify, forming a grotesque circus—a cacophonous circle that pushes the child back, depriving him of one final touch of his mother's hand. Using rotoscoped drawings suggestive of charcoal sketches, as well as 3D and object animation techniques, The Circus compels viewing with its unsettling realism. Colour is employed metaphorically to subtly express the promise and the memory of maternal affection. Nicolas Brault's highly personal film, suffused with poetic modesty, casts a poignantly sincere gaze on the heartbreak of a child facing the fearful, mysterious experience of his mother's death.

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Film Credits

direction
Nicolas Brault
animation
Nicolas Brault
script
Nicolas Brault
Sylvain Charbonneau
music
Normand Roger
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Denis Chartrand
voice
Marie-Ève Milot
Jean-Pierre Bergeron
Sophie Clément
Jacques Godin
Josée Lefebvre
sound editing
Olivier Calvert
foley
Lise Wedlock
re-recording
Serge Boivin
recording
Geoffrey Mitchell
editing
Hervé Guichard
cinematographer
Sara Sponga
head, set design
Benjamin Lavarone
makeup artist
Héloïse Arnaud
Thibault Breynat
cast
Léo Douvry
Mathis Bergeron
Corentin Bergeron
Mathéo Bergeron
Cécile Auxire-Marmouget
Guy Gaudeneche
Isabelle Brocal
Marie-Louise Moulin
Hal Collomb
Arlette Le Breton-Pentel
Dominique Bouchery
Valérie Baudouin
Jean-Pierre Yvars
Mellie Arnaud
Zoya Trofimova
Eva Hanke
Philippe Duval
Luisa Gaillard
Line Wible
Jean-Louis Debard
Bruno Lopes Martins
Marie-Ange Lelli
cinematographer
Jean-Pierre Chaligné
animation
Pierre-Luc Granjon
producer
Pascal Le Nôtre
Julie Roy
René Chénier

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