Mélanie Laurent films Respire
by Fabien Lemercier
- Lou de Laâge, Joséphine Japy and Isabelle Carré in the cast of the second feature by the actress. A Move Movie production
First clap today in the Languedoc-Roussillon region for Respire, the second feature as a director by French actress Mélanie Laurent (appreciated in San Sebastian in Enemy [+see also:
film profile] by Denis Villeneuve and next year in Cry/Fly by Claudia Llosa) after Les adoptés [+see also:
film profile] in 2011. The cast notably features rising stars Lou de Laâge (J'aime regarder les filles [+see also:
film profile], Jappeloup [+see also:
film profile]) and Joséphine Japy (Neuilly sa mère ! [+see also:
film profile], Cloclo [+see also:
film profile]) as well as Isabelle Carré (César for Best Actress in 2003 and nominated in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011; next year in Marie Heurtin and Du goudron et des plumes) and Claire Heim.
Freely inspired from the novel by the same name by Anne-Sophie Brasme, the screenplay of Respire, written by Mélanie Laurent and Julien Lambroschini, focuses on Charlie, a young 17-year-old girl. The age of friendships, emotions and convictions. The age of passions. A teenager like any other, not a child anymore, but not quite an adult either. A talented and pretty young girl, who is nevertheless full of doubts, disillusions and loneliness. Yes, a teenager like many others. And then Sarah arrives. She’s the new girl. Beautiful and cheeky, she has a path, and a temperament. She immediately becomes the star. In class and at parties, with boys and with girls, even parents see her as a breath of fresh air... Sarah chooses Charlie. So Charlie gets excited, Charlie laughs and Charlie is alive – resolutely, intensely and evidently. Irreparably. Sarah, however, is one of those who moves on quickly. She is the type to discard the cold and damaged leftovers, in order to move on to the next friend, the next prey. Charlie is lost, and it’s all too normal. Charlie is hurt, and that could be fatal...
Produced by Bruno Lévy for Move Movie (already a partner of the filmmaker’s first feature), Respire is coproduced by Gaumont (which will manage the French distribution and international sales) and Mely Productions. The six weeks of filming will take place until January 8, 2014, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
Move Movie will launch in French theatres two films distributed by Mars: Suzanne [+see also:
interview: Katell Quillévéré
film profile] by Katell Quillévéré (appreciated on the Croisette – watch the video interview) on December 18 and On a failli être amies by Anne Le Ny (read the article – with Karin Viard, Emmanuelle Devos and Roschdy Zem) on February 26, 2014. The company is also preparing Lou by Julien Neel (in filming – read the article – with Ludivine Sagnier and Nathalie Baye). Finally, through his other structure, Ce qui me meut, Bruno Lévy produced Chinese Puzzle [+see also:
film profile] byCédric Klapisch which StudioCanal will launch on December 4 in France.
(Translated from French)