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Catherine Frot and Daniel Auteuil starring in T’exagères

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- The duo toplines the new feature by José Alcala, an Agat Films production set to be sold by Other Angle Pictures

Catherine Frot and Daniel Auteuil starring in T’exagères
Actors Catherine Frot and Daniel Auteuil

The eight-week shoot kicked off in the Hérault department on Monday 21 May for T’exagères (lit. “You’re Exaggerating”), the third feature by José Alcala, following Alex (unveiled in the New Directors competition at the San Sebastián Film Festival in 2005 and nominated for the Louis-Delluc Award for Best Debut Film the same year) and Fabienne [+see also:
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 (2011). For the cast, the filmmaker is reuniting with Catherine Frot (César Award for Best Actress in 2016 for Marguerite [+see also:
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 and nominated a further six times between 2000 and 2013; popular last year in The Midwife [+see also:
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), who also performed in his last film and will this time be feeding the lines to Daniel Auteuil (Best Actor Award at Cannes in 1996, nominated 13 times for the César Award for Best Actor, including for Le Brio [+see also:
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this year, and victorious in 1987 and 2000) and Bernard Le Coq (César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2003 for Try to Remember [+see also:
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, and nominated in 1992 and 2012).

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The story, written by the director with contributions from Agnès Caffin and Antoine Lacomblez, revolves around Gilbert and Simone, who are living out their rather turbulent retirement in a village in the South of France. The departure of her neighbour and lover Étienne, a lack of money, and above all her husband’s seemingly permanent rage, cause Simone to run away from home. Gilbert then wakes up and realises that he is willing to do anything to find his wife, his love.

Produced by Nicolas Blanc for Agat Films & CieT’exagères is being co-produced by France 3 Cinéma. The feature, which has been pre-purchased by OCS, is also being backed by the SofiTVciné and Manon Soficas, as well as by the Occitanie region, where the entirety of the shoot will take place until 29 June. The French distribution will be handled by Apollo Films, while the international sales will be entrusted to Other Angle Pictures.

As a reminder, Agat Films currently has The Summer House by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (slated for a 12 September release in France) and Lady Winsley by Hiner Saleem (see the article) in post-production.

(Translated from French)

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