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Urgence

Director

François Bouvier, Michel Poulette

Writers

Réjean Tremblay, Fabienne Larouche

Producers

Claude Godbout

Budget

 

Locations

Montreal, Québec, Canada

Language

French

Cast

Marina Orsini (Dr Michèle Imbeault), Serge Postigo (Dr Daniel Trudeau), David La Haye (Dr Christian Richard), Jean L'Italien  (Dr Jacques Saucier), Marc Messier (Dr Brisebois)
Special Guest Appeareance: Roy Dupuis (Barrette)

Distributor

 

Genre

Drama

Run Time

 

Number of Episodes

13 Episodes

First Aired

January, 1997

 

 


Urgence is a hospital drama, Quebec's equivalent of ER.  It ran for a single season of 13 episodes, from January 1996.

Roy had been offered a main part in the series but had turned it down due to other professional commitments.  However, he guested on one episode as Mr Barette, a man in the grip of a mental health crisis.  Regular cast members included Marina Orsini (Dr Michèle Imbeault), her future husband Serge Postigo (Dr Daniel Trudeau), David La Haye (Dr Christian Richard), Jean L'Italien  (Dr Jacques Saucier), Marc Messier (Dr Brisebois), Joëlle Morin, Sophie Lorain, Gilbert Sicotte, and a host of others.

Roy talks about his character in 7 Jours 13 January 1996

SCENE 1An ambulance arrives on the scene, driven by paramedic Hélène (Sophie Lorain).  Mr Barette (Roy Dupuis) is on a rooftop, wearing a crown and explosives attached to his body with a leather belt.

Barette:  Oh, people of the kingdom of France, I will let your horses drink from my watercourses and feed in my pastures … but against the threat coming from England, we must raise the greatest army in the world!  Fire is the purifier … I am the purifying fire!

(He notices Hélène) You!  I’ve been expecting you.  Come!  I recognise you – Joan!

Hélène:  My name is Helen.

Barette:  I like your trick – pretending to be Helen of Troy!  But I recognise you, Joan, you who have just freed me from the yolk of the English. I recognised your crown and the jewel of the Holy Grail in your nose (she has a diamond stud in her nostril).

Hélène:  You’re confused, baby.  You’ve got your history wrong.

Barette:  Over there! The illustrious trumpets!

Hélène:  Trumpets?   Do you mean my snuffling horses and my coach that’s waiting for us?

Barette:  Yes, Joan of Arc, I want to go with you and we will liberate our France from the Burgundians.

Hélène:  You’ll have to take your belt off.

Barette:  It’s the purification, Joan.  It’s the purification belt!  … I hear voices …

Hélène:  Do you hear Pink?  I always seem to have that tune in my head.

Barette:  Yes, yes, Pink Floyd.

Hélène:  “Money, it's a gas ...”  (they sing together while she manages to disarm the device.  He is arrested by the police and taken to hospital)__________________________________________________________________________________________

SCENE 2:   M. Barette is being taken through the hospital in a stretcher.

Barette:  Joan … the maid of Orleans and her good friend, King Charles …

(He spots a nurse)  Who are you?  Aaargh!  Catherine de Medici!  The poisoner!

Nurse:  Mr Barette, have you forgotten to take your medication?

Barette:  (to Hélène)  Don’t leave me in her hands.

Nurse:  She’s going to have to, because Joan of Arc has work to do, and I don’t have all afternoon!

Barette:  No, no!!

Nurse:  Mr Barette, did you take the medication your doctor prescribed?   (He doesn’t answer).   We’ll look after him.  His psychiatrist will deal with it.  (He nods his head and closes his eyes.)____________________________________________________________________________________________

SCENE 3:   In the psychiatric wing.  Mr Barette is rocking in a chair.

Hélène:  Hey, hi Your Majesty.  Don’t you recognise me?  It’s Joan of Arc.  I’ve brought you some chocolates.   OK, you were a lot funnier last time I saw you.   If I’m annoying you, just say.

(Sings) “Money – it’s a gas” – do you remember?

Barette:  (starts to hum to himself)

Hélène:  “Day after day, alone on the hill ...”  - the Beatles!

You’re not mad, eh?  Just a bit out of tune.  (He looks at her as she says this and has a moment of clarity.)

She gets up and leaves.  The camera focuses on Mr Barette who continues to rock himself and sing the Beatles’ song Fool on the Hill.

 

 

 

 

Urgence is a hospital drama, Quebec's equivalent of ER.  It ran for a single season of 13 episodes, from January 1996.

Roy had been offered a main part in the series but had turned it down due to other professional commitments.  However, he guested on one episode as Mr Barette, a man in the grip of a mental health crisis.  Regular cast members included Marina Orsini (Dr Michèle Imbeault), her future husband Serge Postigo (Dr Daniel Trudeau), David La Haye (Dr Christian Richard), Jean L'Italien  (Dr Jacques Saucier), Marc Messier (Dr Brisebois), Joëlle Morin, Sophie Lorain, Gilbert Sicotte, and a host of others.

Roy talks about his character in 7 Jours 13 January 1996

SCENE 1An ambulance arrives on the scene, driven by paramedic Hélène (Sophie Lorain).  Mr Barette (Roy Dupuis) is on a rooftop, wearing a crown and explosives attached to his body with a leather belt.

Barette:  Oh, people of the kingdom of France, I will let your horses drink from my watercourses and feed in my pastures … but against the threat coming from England, we must raise the greatest army in the world!  Fire is the purifier … I am the purifying fire!

(He notices Hélène) You!  I’ve been expecting you.  Come!  I recognise you – Joan!

Hélène:  My name is Helen.

Barette:  I like your trick – pretending to be Helen of Troy!  But I recognise you, Joan, you who have just freed me from the yolk of the English. I recognised your crown and the jewel of the Holy Grail in your nose (she has a diamond stud in her nostril).

Hélène:  You’re confused, baby.  You’ve got your history wrong.

Barette:  Over there! The illustrious trumpets!

Hélène:  Trumpets?   Do you mean my snuffling horses and my coach that’s waiting for us?

Barette:  Yes, Joan of Arc, I want to go with you and we will liberate our France from the Burgundians.

Hélène:  You’ll have to take your belt off.

Barette:  It’s the purification, Joan.  It’s the purification belt!  … I hear voices …

Hélène:  Do you hear Pink?  I always seem to have that tune in my head.

Barette:  Yes, yes, Pink Floyd.

Hélène:  “Money, it's a gas ...”  (they sing together while she manages to disarm the device.  He is arrested by the police and taken to hospital)__________________________________________________________________________________________

SCENE 2:   M. Barette is being taken through the hospital in a stretcher.

Barette:  Joan … the maid of Orleans and her good friend, King Charles …

(He spots a nurse)  Who are you?  Aaargh!  Catherine de Medici!  The poisoner!

Nurse:  Mr Barette, have you forgotten to take your medication?

Barette:  (to Hélène)  Don’t leave me in her hands.

Nurse:  She’s going to have to, because Joan of Arc has work to do, and I don’t have all afternoon!

Barette:  No, no!!

Nurse:  Mr Barette, did you take the medication your doctor prescribed?   (He doesn’t answer).   We’ll look after him.  His psychiatrist will deal with it.  (He nods his head and closes his eyes.)____________________________________________________________________________________________

SCENE 3:   In the psychiatric wing.  Mr Barette is rocking in a chair.

Hélène:  Hey, hi Your Majesty.  Don’t you recognise me?  It’s Joan of Arc.  I’ve brought you some chocolates.   OK, you were a lot funnier last time I saw you.   If I’m annoying you, just say.

(Sings) “Money – it’s a gas” – do you remember?

Barette:  (starts to hum to himself)

Hélène:  “Day after day, alone on the hill ...”  - the Beatles!

You’re not mad, eh?  Just a bit out of tune.  (He looks at her as she says this and has a moment of clarity.)

She gets up and leaves.  The camera focuses on Mr Barette who continues to rock himself and sing the Beatles’ song Fool on the Hill.

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