Do you ever grieve? Because you smile all the time. » In the first episode of the web series Geolocation of love, adapted from poems of the same name, Simon Boulerice answers this question asked by a child during a class visit. It’s true that on TV, on the set this year or Good evening !We know the author and columnist who is hilarious, cheerful, smiling, and a little bit eccentric.
However, it is enough to read Simon Boulerice to know that behind laughing eyes and emotional flights sometimes hides a complex, sensitive and even tormented man. Simon says, “I’m good at happiness.” But I assure you, I feel sad. »
In ten-minute episodes, Geolocation of love He questions the distance, expectations, and misperceptions – of others, but above all about oneself – that are created when one looks at the world through the prism of a screen. We meet Simon, a thirty-year-old who uses dating apps in hopes of finding a soul mate.
On a trip to the Four Corners of Montreal, he tears him apart, sequences of chance encounters and sexual conquests, often in defiance of his self-esteem and dignity. His adventures, sometimes funny and poignant, sometimes dramatic or full of violence, reveal the fragility and interiority of a man fearful of his loneliness – and a generation that often builds his self-esteem and identity out of virtual relationships.
I take a step back, and have so much affection for the past Simon, thirsty for love, who had so much hoped he could feel good about the other. It’s a bit inhumane, an all you can eat buffet, which prevents proximity and gives the illusion that everything is always better elsewhere. It’s easy to slip and drown in sadness and rejection.
Simon Boulerice stresses that he’s not trying to demonize dating apps with this spontaneous fantasy – he found love himself through it. “I took a step back, and I have so much affection for Simone of the past, thirsty for love, who hoped so much that the other would be satisfied. It’s a bit inhumane, an all-you-can-eat buffet, which prevents closeness and gives the illusion that everything is always better Nowhere else. It is easy to slip and fall into grief and rejection. But there are also so many beautiful things that you can be born from.”
dance and freedom
The series is a reflection of the eclecticity of confrontations that Tinder and Grindr can bring into this world. An atypical object, where humor blends shoulders with drama, dance and poetry share the stage with relevant and current reflections on loneliness and the pursuit of the self.
Simon Boulerice is clearly delighted with this mod, as he enjoys pushing back the possibilities and expectations, never missing an opportunity to improvise with a dance move he has only secret, mankinis In neon green lycra, to put themselves in danger, to embrace the absurd and the hideous. “When I write, I like to embrace my weakness. I wanted these flaws to appear on the screen. Thus the writer exploits all dimensions of subjective literature, not hesitating to delve into his personal and media archives to further blur the contours of reality. We are far, here, from a world six degreesYouth drama series written by the artist.
This time, Simon Boulerice is taking advantage of the great freedom that the web format offers to delve deeper into homosexual culture. In addition to giving prominence to his plurality of sexual practices, he does not hesitate to show men in their most basic form – a rarity on Quebec television.
“I wanted the show to be as representative of queer society as possible, and to be diverse in all its forms. I know it’s good to get to know yourself on TV. I also wanted to show that it’s not because sexuality is disposable it’s frowned upon, as long as it’s practiced in a space Agree. »
A non-binary character and actor, a man in make-up, unbridled sexuality … Simon Boulerice embodies the television we want nowadays: comprehensive, rich in its diversity, the absence of symbols and taboos, which refuses to indulge in comfort and intellectual poverty.
Hence he bets on making poetry accessible to as many people as possible, and regularly incorporates verses from the original novel into the voiceover. “Your gestures are well sharpened / Raise the edge and you’ll have a chance to win a trip, a family truck, or ITS / You ask a duel and I get asylum / We compliment each other well, we want the opposite of what we have / You win, you run into me / I’m never good at persuasion / But where’s the love Who is all this?”, he stated after a particularly difficult scene to watch, in which his character was the victim of sexual assault.
“These clips allow me to spread something different, through the hilarious vulgar scenes that the series contains. It’s a way for the character to speak, to give access to the subconscious. Poetry isn’t just for experts. I think anyone can be influenced by the wonderful rhythm of poetic momentum.”