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The Circus

The Circus

| 7 min

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.

  • direction
    Nicolas Brault
  • animation
    Nicolas Brault
    Pierre-Luc Granjon
  • 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
  • 2D set designer
    Gaël Brisou
  • set research
    Iouri Tcherenkov
  • infography
    Benjamin Bourreau
  • intern 3D
    Juliette Grandjonc
  • sound editing
    Olivier Calvert
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • editing
    Hervé Guichard
  • online editing
    Yannick Carrier
  • digital imaging specialist
    Susan Gourley
    Pierre Plouffe
  • assistant director
    Flore Poinsard
  • cinematographer
    Sara Sponga
    Jean-Pierre Chaligné
  • camera assistant
    Jérôme Beffay
  • head, set design
    Benjamin Lavarone
  • background intern
    Laurie Granat
  • electrician
    Yann Guerrero
  • grip
    Guillaume Ladevèze
  • makeup artist
    Héloïse Arnaud
    Thibault Breynat
  • hairstylist
    Aurélie Mourier
    Erika Bosc
  • 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
  • model maker
    Hélène Ducrocq
  • model maker intern
    Pauline Alcala
  • production assistant
    Solenne Blanc
    Marion Lucas
  • administrator
    Diane Régimbald
    Nelly Gharibian
  • technical coordinator
    Patrick Tallaron
    Julie Laperrière
  • distribution - marketing
    Dominique Templier
    Christine Noël
  • producer
    Pascal Le Nôtre
    Julie Roy
    René Chénier
  • line producer
    Emmanuel Bernard
    Francine Langdeau


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Ages 9 to 11

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying
Family Studies/Home Economics - Family Diversity and Challenges

This animated short can open the door to engaging young children in conversation about the loss of a loved one and the importance of expressing one's feelings. Feelings can be expressed in many ways, including through conversation, writing, and drawing. It would also be interesting to establish the connection between the film's title and its content.

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