The director of “19-2” and “About Antoine” is interested in the world of debt collectors

Director Daniel “Podz” Grou welcomed the media in a typical 1980s bungalow on Thursday in Carignan, south of Montreal, where he is filming the last scenes of his new series Collection for Club illico.

Carpet, old ceramic tiles, oak and linoleum cabinets, we would have thought we were 40 years back in the house which serves as the setting for Stéphane (Claude Legault), a debt collector in decline who, in addition to all his personal issues, watches over his nephew Kevin (Charles-Aubey Houde), whom he loves more than his own son and from whom he taught everything about the profession.

Charles-Aubey Houde and Caroline Néron rehearse a scene. He plays Kevin and she plays his mother Suzanne in the series directed by Podz.

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In the house where the team is based, there is even an abandoned indoor swimming pool which now serves as a home music studio, with an old sofa to “chill”. During the set visit, Charles-Aubey and Claude, accompanied by Caroline Néron, were setting up a scene under the watchful eye of Podz.

Collection focuses on a family of criminals whose mandate is to make people pay who have had the misfortune of having borrowed money from organized crime.


We recognize, among others, Podz and Caroline Néron in this photo taken during the visit to the set on May 23 in Carignan, in Montérégie.

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Kevin, who will soon be a father – his girlfriend Julie (Chanel Mings) is pregnant – wants to take another direction to raise his child in another context, but it is much easier to enter this universe than to leave it ( unharmed).

In his case it is even more true, the young man being considered the “star” of collection by his boss “Santa” (Guy Nadon), which makes his decision to abandon his “job” even more perilous.

Father from one day to the next

Charles-Aubey Houde will himself be a father in a few hours, which brings him closer to his character.

“My girlfriend is due to give birth in a day or two,” he said enthusiastically.


Director Podz sets up a scene with actors Charles-Aubey Houde (from behind) and Caroline Néron on the set of the new series “La collection”.

Charles-Aubey Houde carries the “Collection” series on his shoulders. He is gaining more and more experience, having played in the series “The Rift” and “One Way: Survive” as well as in the films “Underground” and “The Diver”.

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“Kevin loved this job until his girlfriend gets pregnant. Now the child becomes the most important thing and that calls everything into question. The means he takes to get out of it, that’s where it gets interesting and that’s where we have a series. It’s because he’s not good at changing himself and making those decisions,” underlined the actor, who won the prize for best male performance – supporting role at the Gala Québec Cinéma for the film The plunger.

“I relate to Kevin a lot because I was very rejected at school, at the end of primary school and at the beginning of secondary school. Instead of talking to people, it made me angry, it made me angry, a bit like Kevin. It ended up working out because everything works out in the end. I understand this reflex of falling into anger and I have the chance to explore how, as an adult, we react, how we are dangerous and unpredictable,” explained Charles-Aubey.

Collection is a family drama, there are funny and sad bits, there is suspense, action, but above all there is a constant threat that everything will collapse. In the case that concerns us, the danger can be physical, even fatal, there is always something that can happen. It is reflected well in people’s lives because we all live with a threat, like bankruptcy, inflation, the climate, we are no longer certain of anything,” summarized Podz about the scenario signed by Charles -Étienne Brassard and Ludovic Huot.

The distinguished director, to whom we owe Midnight, evening, 19-2, About Antoine as well as episodes of series like Cardinal, Vikings And Lupine directs all eight episodes of Collection. These will enrich the Club illico catalog this fall. Fair-Play produces everything in collaboration with Quebecor Content.

They said on the set of “The Collection”…

Charles-Aubey Houde


Director Podz sets up a scene with actors Charles-Aubey Houde (from behind) and Caroline Néron on the set of the new series “La collection”.

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“Working with Podz was a dream. He’s a director of actors like I’ve never seen – no offense to the others who are very good too – he directs each actor in a different way because he understands what each one needs. […] The series is interesting from the point of view of the subject, the writing, how it is played and thought, but also because of the shots, each having an importance.

Claude Legault


Director Podz sets up a scene with actors Charles-Aubey Houde (from behind) and Caroline Néron on the set of the new series “La collection”.

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“It’s easy to come and work with Podz, it’s natural. It’s like playing hockey with the same player for years. He knows exactly where you are on the ice. I like his creativity, his patience, his respect for the actors. His knowledge also of his profession. That’s a big dirty talent! (laughs) We all become good through contact with him.”

Caroline Néron


Director Podz sets up a scene with actors Charles-Aubey Houde (from behind) and Caroline Néron on the set of the new series “La collection”.

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“Suzanne, my character, has a heavy past. She is a mother lioness who would do anything to protect her son. She has a little drinking problem, she always has a Bloody Caesar in hand. It makes her a woman who is sometimes too warm, sometimes too sensitive, so as an actress I have a lot to play. I really let myself go with Podz, who always brings the right details to my game. I explore and I feel totally confident.”

Director Podz


Director Podz sets up a scene with actors Charles-Aubey Houde (from behind) and Caroline Néron on the set of the new series “La collection”.

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“What attracted me to Collection, it’s the writing that’s really cool, special, really left field. There are many crazy, weird situations, fun, there is this existential threat that hovers over everyone and we see how they try to get out of it.

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