A 37-year-old teacher succumbs to the charms of a student 20 years her junior – without first resisting – causing a family crisis and her brutal downfall, which lands her in prison.
Such is the background of Simon Bouleris’ new drama series “Chouchou,” which is currently wrapping up filming in the Montreal area.
Although Chanelle “Chouchou” Chouinard’s gesture was condemned because of her position of authority, her narrator, actress Evelyn Brochu, identified with her from the beginning.
“She is an ordinary person, a woman who looks like me. I tell myself that the more I look for her in myself, the more we will find her. And that’s interesting: how people like us get stoned. “My job is to find ways within me to make it happen,” she said.
The series has several arcs between the two protagonists, from meeting to dazzling love to danger, collapse and rebuilding. “It’s all in eight episodes, so it’s not going to be flat,” laughs the actress, who met on set at Laval High School.
Meanwhile in France, Evelyn Brochu, who filmed her final scenes in the second season of “Paris Police 1900,” suggests that her character in “Chauchou” is “trying very, very hard” to resist the charms of her younger student. , who love literature like her.
“We can’t prevent it in a certain moment, which is interesting to watch,” she added, adding that “a great passion can be very bright, at least for a brief moment” that would ultimately prove “devastating,” given the consequences of such a story for many, including Chanel’s two children and her husband. joined
A man around Evelyn Brochu faced a similar situation, but instead of indulging in her passion, she gave the student a platonic relationship, seeing him every week, taking care to keep the door open to avoid any ambiguity.
Levi Doré, who is in high demand, plays young Sandric, a confident and vulnerable man who is raised by a useless, lying and alcoholic mother played by Sophie Cadieux.
“A mother’s instinct is obvious [Sandrick] Can be found on the channel. Both are in a slipping situation, it’s serious, but it’s a love story, it’s the complexity of the matter,” said the 22-year-old comedian.
Sophie Cadieux has a choice score in the role of this complicated mother. “There are so many battles, she screams all the time […] “Fun” is also a blast for her,” added the actress.
Not so amused is Steve LaPlante’s character, Jeff, Chanel’s husband. The cuckold also offers Sandrik a job at his grocery store, not knowing that he is sleeping with his wife. “He was hit by a train and destroyed. Till then there was no stake in his life.
Intimate scenes with respect and safety
Because there was physical contact between the teacher and her student, we called the intimacy coordinator on set.
“There was a lot of respect. […] The force is very focused on everyone’s safety. But through that, you have to find the freedom to make it happen, which is very important, which is the heart of the series, which is a great dazzle, love and romantic encounter,” said Evelyn Brochu, who has procedures for filming intimate scenes. It has developed in the right direction in recent years.
Produced by Pass GO, in association with Bell Media, “Chouchou” will air on Nuovo this fall. The series was co-directed by Marie-Claude Blouin and Félix Tétreault.