In Polygraph by Robert Lepage and Marie Brassard, what are Lucie’s feelings about playing the victim in the movie based on the real murder and what does she ultimately do about it?

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In Lepage and Brassard's Polygraph, Lucie, finds out the role she is playing in a movie is not only that of a real murder victim, but that the victim was also the friend of her neighbor Francois. It is particularly upsetting for her. After the discussion between Francois and David where they discuss the murder, David notices Lucie is preoccupied and asks her why. Lucie admits that learning how real the topic of the film and how closely she is tied to the murder really bothers her:

You know the story Francois just told us in the restaurant, about his friend? That is the story of the film we are making. It's based on the real murder situation—but I didn't know Francois was connected to it. It gave me a shock...And now I'm feeling uneasy about playing in it...

Based upon her discovery, she wonders if there might still be time for the film company to find someone else to play the part. While Lucie would rather distance herself from the role of the murder victim, it would seem this does not take place. We later discover that she is still shooting the film. She sees footage that was recorded the day before, and asks a question about the shoot for the next day. Stage directions tell us...

She starts to cry silently.

However, we also discover that she gets a grip on her emotions and proceeds with her work. We might wonder why she would go ahead, if we can assume she had a choice. Earlier in the play Lucie notes how hard it is for her to cry on cue. At that point in time, the actress in Lucie tells David about having the ability to portray deep sadness when one is only acting:

Sometimes you have to suffer, if you want it to look like you are suffering...

Perhaps Lucie finds she is able to project the required emotion because she no longer needs to pretend that she is "suffering"—now she really does languish as she relives the young woman's tragic death.