The financial crisis cyclically haunts humankind. It enters cities and houses on the popping sound of the speculative bubble. It transforms most people into beggars. Yet, for a few it multiplies their fortunes. In “The Madwoman of Chaillot” greedy investors are prone to demolish Paris to turn it into oilfields. They initiate a big game where the future is at stake. In this game, everyone wants to be wise and cunning. The land surveyor will forge an expertise, the chairman will deceive shareholders, and the banker will double-cross stockbrokers. Aurelia, an eccentric inhabitant of the endangered district of Chaillot decides to fight for her city. She declares the end of passiveness and organizes female armed forces.
Will she save Paris from a catastrophe?
Is madness the only weapon against greed and cynicism?
Girandoux’s utopian vision alarmingly winks at us.