feet firmly on the ground

By Nathalie Simon

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Florence Pernel (here on the left), in The Eighth Heaven. Grégoire Matzneff

Jean-Philippe Daguerre’s new play questions us about the meaning of life. Moving.

Married and mother of a grown-up daughter, Agnès Duval (Florence Pernel) is very proud of the twenty-seven skyscrs she has built in twenty-seven European countries for a famous construction group (she I don’t like to say building). She seems to have succeeded in everything. She took advantage of the privileges afforded to her by her position, allowed herself differences with a young executive (Tanguy Vrignault) and even won the Legion of Honor. She intends to enjoy her retirement, but Pierre, her husband (excellent Bernard Malaka), tells her that he is leaving her. Not for another woman, simply because he feels alone and is tired of his selfishness. Disconcerted, Agnès, who has always lived at a hundred miles an hour without worrying about others, must question herself.

Modern tale

After looking at the Second World War with Farewell Mr Haffmann (four Molières in 2018) and The Little HairdresserJean-Philippe Daguerre takes advantage of Eighth Heaven and a “super woman” character to talk about today’s society. Her…

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