Le Jeu

A washed-up child actor discovers the art of clowning with the guidance of an unconventional instructor. Together, the two go on a surreal journey into the nature of performance.

by Luis Gonzalez

Le Jeu Poster

In an attempt to scrounge up some cash, Jacques, a retired, down-on-his-luck bouffon clown hosts a clowning lesson in a desolate community center. The only person to attend this lesson is Leo, an anxious and clearly troubled young man who hints at a past in show business. Jacques takes an interest in Leo and the two embark on a psychological quest to teach Leo the value of play, of le jeu. The film is structured around three lessons and one final performance, each demarcated by a different mask which Jacques makes Leo wear while performing. After each lesson, the audience is given a glimpse into Leo’s home life, which in turn gives insight into his past as a child actor.

This is a Yale Thesis Film directed by Luis Gonzalez. We will be shooting over the second week of Spring Break in New Haven. 

Looking for a production designer to join our crew!

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Patron Information

This screening is open to asymptomatic patrons with an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination. Patrons should carry vaccination documentation and be prepared to show it if asked.

Shooting Period

March 20, 2023 to March 25, 2023