Author and director, Philippe Bulinge offers us a play, in a controlled style where emotion and psychological balance of the characters mingle, on this night of April 12 to 13, 1814 during which Napoleon attempts to commit suicide.
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Fontainebleau castle. Night of April 12 to 13, 1814.
A few days after his first abdication and the end of the Empire, when the last negotiations led by General de Caulaincourt gave him the island of Elba as a new kingdom, Napoleon, helpless and desperate, attempts to kill himself. From this historical and truthful episode, Philippe Bulinge draws a formidable theatrical camera between Napoleon, General de Caulaincourt - one of the few to have regularly stood up to him - and Doctor Yvan, surgeon in the personal service of the Emperor. Who is trying to die that night? The man or the Emperor? Can we let Napoleon die? Can we help him die?