The Circus

The Circus

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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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  • 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
  • infography
    Benjamin Bourreau
  • sound editing
    Olivier Calvert
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • editing
    Hervé Guichard
  • digital imaging specialist
    Susan Gourley
    Pierre Plouffe
  • cinematographer
    Sara Sponga
  • head, set design
    Benjamin Lavarone
  • 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
  • cinematographer
    Jean-Pierre Chaligné
  • animation
    Pierre-Luc Granjon
  • producer
    Pascal Le Nôtre
    Julie Roy
    René Chénier