Tess
played by Lizzie Brocheré
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Few would have guessed that, once New York’s hottest trend-spotter, Tess Brighton had suffered a mental breakdown seven years earlier and was institutionalized. After her discharge, Tess starts having lifelike dreams of giving birth to a son – and she might have been convinced that she was actually crazy, if not for an offer from millionaire tech mogul Bill Boerg.

Boerg believes Tess and promised to locate her son. With Boerg’s help Tess learns she had the rare ability to enter other people’s dreams. It’s this gift that connects her with fellow dreamers Burton and Taka. Together they manage to find Tess’s son James who is being held by the shady financial firm Hull-Bedford, and prevents them from selling the boy off to none other than Bill Boerg.

Now Tess and James are on the run, seemingly free. Can they manage to live a quiet, normal life in the waking world? Or will someone (or something) drag them back into the world of dreams?

Lizzie Brocheré stars as Tess, a New Yorker whose uncanny ability to predict the next big, cutting-edge trend makes her invaluable -- but personally, she is troubled and tormented by vivid dreams of an absent child. 

Brocheré is best known for her role as Grace Bertrand, a young woman accused of murdering her stepmother and sexually abusive father in American Horror Story: Asylum. After supporting roles in Bernard Rapp’s Un Petit Jeu Sans Conséquences and Hugo Santiago’s The Wolf of the West Coast, Brocheré made her breakthrough in 2005 with the dogma-inspired film One to Another and American Translation, directed by Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold.  

She was awarded Best Actress soon after in the Saint Jean de Luz Film Festival for her performance as Mariam, a Jewish Sephardic woman in WW2 Tunisia in Karin Albou’s movie The Wedding Song. She worked with Nakache and Toledano on their comedy Tellement Proches as Clara, the cynical babysitter. Brocheré also collaborated twice with Frederic Jardin as a young cop in the breathless thriller Sleepless Night and as a twisted Franco-Russian killer in Braquo. 

Brocheré's first English-speaking lead was in Eric Shaeffer’s dark romantic comedy After Fall, Winter. She then quickly moved on to play the role of Camille, Ben Wishaw’s activist young wife in The Hour. 

She recently played the role of Coco Marchand in Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain and is a series regular on Versailles. Brocheré will next be seen on screen in Rings, directed by Javier Gutierrez as well as in David Verbeeke’s Full Contact, in which she won Best Actress at the Chicago Film Festival.