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Au cœur de la rose (Généalogie d’une tristesse)

Jérémie Niel

The story takes place on an island in the gulf, where the Father, Mother, and Daughter live, far away from the city’s hustle and bustle. One stormy day, the river spits out a schooner from which a captain and a sailor disembark. For the Daughter, they represent the dream of new horizons and the possibility of escaping her island destiny. But everything conspires against her desire: the forces of inertia, the legacy of sadness, and the intractable nature of the Father, custodian of the lighthouse and keeper of tradition.

Driven by his fascination for the innermost parts of our selves, Montreal director Jérémie Niel tackles Pierre Perrault’s play from the late 1950s with mythic undertones on a stripped-down stage with striking video images and soundscapes. Through the power of theatre, six exceptional actors bring to life the distinctive vernacular and timeless resonance of filmmaker Perrault’s Au cœur de la rose.

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Jérémie Niel (Montreal) Pétrus

Fascinated by the cruel beauty of human finitude, Niel embraces the vertigo of existence and its elusive truths, from which he derives his unique aesthetic approach

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Media Coverage

« Jérémie Niel a un talent indéniable pour créer des atmosphères qui englobent rapidement son public. […] Il nous a habitués à un réel éclatement des cadres, n’ayant pas peur d’embrasser à bras-le-corps d’ambitieux projets. »

Jérémy Laniel, Voir, 12-10-2016, about La campagne

« Une expérience intime, feutrée et onirique, baignée d’une ambiance surréaliste. »


Pierre-Alexandre Buisson, La Bible Urbaine, 06-12-2022, about Qui a tué mon père

« Si le spectacle de près de deux heures transpire l’intelligence, c’est que Jérémie Niel y démontre sa profonde compréhension du texte tout en y déployant sa singulière et féconde esthétique. »


Christian Saint-Pierre, Le Devoir, 28-11-2022, about Qui a tué mon père


“As in his films, Perrault uses ordinary people and concrete situations to create a profoundly poetic experience. While the play is realistic, the author’s language and the way we are immersed in the characters’ psychology creates a powerful aesthetic and dramatic whole.”

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