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Together with his collection “The night time when Laurier Gaudreault awakened”, Xavier Dolan explores all his “obsessions”

A form of Six Ft Beneath with Xavier Dolan sauce. Lower than 10 years after adapting to the cinema Tom on the farmbased mostly on the play by Michel Marc Bouchard, the Quebec director brilliantly transposes The Evening Laurier Gaudreault Woke Upa play by the identical playwright, in a collection of 5 one-hour episodes, broadcast this Monday at 9:10 p.m. on Canal+.

“After I noticed this piece, it was love at first sight. I instantly knew that I wished to make a TV collection and a thriller. I had dreamed of doing a TV collection for a really very long time. It was a brand new problem for me that transported me all through the pandemic, ”says the director, who indicators his first tv work, throughout a digital spherical desk organized by the encrypted channel.

The Evening Laurier Gaudreault Woke Up follows the return of Mireille Larouche (Julie Le Breton), famend thanatologist, a number of years after chopping ties together with her household, together with her brothers, Julien (Patrick Hivon), Denis (Éric Bruneau) and Elliot (Xavier Dolan), in addition to Julien’s spouse, Chantal (Magalie Lépine-Blondeau). Following the final needs of their mom (Anne Dorval), she got here to embalm the physique of the deceased. “What I appreciated within the play was every thing that we did not see and that was evoked: the Nineties, the mom, this antagonist who’s Laurier Gaudreault…. What me was to take this evocative textual content and let it materialize on the display,” he explains.

On the coronary heart of a household trauma

Created in 2019 in Montreal, on the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, in a staging by Serge Denoncourt, the household tragedy of Michel Marc Bouchard was behind closed doorways in a embalming room. “The play befell in a single and the identical night time, it was a form of ballet between the totally different characters of this household who paraded in flip within the embalming room the place Mireille embalmed her mom”, summarizes Xavier Dolan.

Like with Tom on the farm and Simply the top of the world, based mostly on the play by Jean-Luc Lagarce, Xavier Dolan as soon as once more tells the story of a painful return to the previous inside a dysfunctional household. “This beginning state of affairs of the foreigner who returns to his or her dwelling, who returns to his native village to seek out his household, to face the errors of the previous, to welcome the resentment of his household, that is for me a gorgeous downside, an excellent place to begin”, explains the director.

The query of the gaze of others

The strain between Mireille and her brother Julien is palpable, when within the early Nineties, {the teenager} (Jasmine Lemée) and her brother (Elijah Patrice) shaped an inseparable trio with Laurier Gaudreault (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie). So what occurred on that well-known night time in October 1991 when every thing modified? “We really feel loads of ostracism in direction of the younger Mireille little one and grownup. The judgment of others, the gaze of others, these are themes that may be declined in a thousand and one methods and that are for me bottomless wells of inspiration. You may expertise them by way of the eyes of so many various protagonists, it is like a topic that continuously renews itself,” he continues.

horror film codes

In entrance of the sharp lens of Xavier Dolan who sticks to the gestures of the characters, the play turns into an anxiety-provoking psychological thriller the place typically the codes of horror movies are invited which give entry to the intimate psyche of the protagonists. “The horror or extra spooky moments, that are manifestations of the characters’ imaginations and anxieties, weren’t within the play. This gadget is a approach of humanizing the protagonists, displaying their vulnerability, their anxiousness and bringing a barely extra surreal and poetic contact to the collection, to offer it a texture that corresponds to the psychological thriller style”, analyzes the director.

The soundtrack, which incorporates compositions by his new collaborators Hans Zimmer and David Fleming, contributes to this notably tense environment. “It was a approach for me to stretch a sonic, musical thread that may give the totally different scenes and eras a unity of tone to the collection”, underlines the director.

The “obsessions” of Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan indicators the enhancing, the place the voice occupies a number one position, together with his devoted confederate Stéphane Lafleur. “The collection is just not constructed on a temporality that we use as a springboard to flashbacks, however quite constructed on two continuous temporalities between which we continuously come and go,” says Xavier Dolan.

With The Evening When Laurier Gaudreault Woke Up, Xavier Dolan followers will discover every thing they love about his cinema. “With this collection which rakes quite a bit on life, demise, mourning, household… I touched loads of topics which are expensive to me. I’ve, I feel, and eventually, it might be logical that it is by making a collection that it is executed, a little bit come full circle with all my obsessions, ”confirms Xavier Dolan. With The night time Laurier Gaudreault awakened, the filmmaker indicators a robust, breathless and transferring, but in addition demanding writer’s collection.

A piece that concludes a cycle for the artist. “Because the pandemic, I’ve had a number of concepts, however I can not get to the top of those concepts, these needs, as a result of, sure, there may be exhaustion, fatigue… I made loads of movies anyway! I’ve labored quite a bit in fourteen years, I must rebuild my want for this surroundings, this occupation and all of the sacrifices that entails on the finish of the challenge”, concludes Xavier Dolan, who “needs to develop ‘different fields of curiosity’ comparable to structure and inside design and ‘to journey and take time’ for him.

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