At the Théâtre des Béliers Parisiens, Mélodie Mourey immerses us in an exciting journalistic thriller of burning topicality. “Big Mother” or when democracy is threatened by the fraudulent use of our personal data collected on the internet and social networks.
In three pieces (Crazy Toads, Race of the Giants, Big Mother), Mélodie Mourey asserted her paw and won the loyalty of an audience. If she is in line with an Alexis Michalik for her art of storytelling, her cinematographic staging, and the commitment of her actors who take on several roles, she stands out for her fine observation of the world around her. , thanks to its incisive writing and its straightforward construction.
This time the author-director shines the spotlight on mass manipulation. While a scandal splashes the President of the United States, the journalist Julia Robinson believes to recognize in court her companion whom she thought dead for four years. With his service of New York Investigationit will go beyond rivalries and bring to light the biggest scandal since the Watergate affair.
A newsroom with its battery of screens, its news tap, its fever. Here we are at the heart of the reactor, alongside journalists at first incredulous, launched into an investigation without return. Mélodie Mourey unfolds her story at high speed, a story with a drawer that questions each of us. An agency called of “total democracy”, establishes a disturbing personal data surveillance service, first at the request of the government and then uncontrollably, for its own account.
The story takes place in the United States, Mélodie Mourey explains why: “This is where the GAFAs are, the origin of evil. The idea came to me with the Edward Snowden affair and especially the Cambridge Analytica scandal (the company that used the data of millions of Internet users to promote the election of Trump); and then there are also the journalistic thrillers that I love, like spotlight, The President’s Men…”
Threats to democracy
It will discuss the threats to representative democracy, deepfakes, the misappropriation of political representatives who should act for the common good, what democracy is and what it should be. But also the way in which the younger generations, so comfortable with social networks, can also let themselves be manipulated without realizing it.
Between the lines we glimpse the political ambitions of an Elon Musk look-alike, the transhumanist projects of Silicon Valley… Between reality and fiction, without a moment’s respite, Mélodie Mourey deploys a world that turns into a nightmare, and which concerns us also Europeans. It is served by six wildly energetic chameleon actors. A special shout out to Karina Marimon, stunning.
Big Mother (1h40)
Parisian Rams Theater
14 B Rue Sainte-Isaure, 75018 Paris
01 42 62 35 00
Tuesday to Saturday at 9 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.