Un moment d'égarement for Richet, Cassel and Cluzet
by Fabien Lemercier
- The filmmaker is currently in Corsica with the two actors shooting a comedy-drama produced by La Petite Reine and sold by Wild Bunch
Since Inner City (nominated for the César Award for Best Debut in 1996), Jean-François Richet has demonstrated his hankering for high-voltage cinema, from Ma 6-T va cracker (1997) to the diptych Killer Instinct [+see also:
film profile] – Public Enemy No 1 [+see also:
film profile] (which earned him the César Award for Best Director and Vincent Cassel the César for Best Actor in 2009), via Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) and the thriller Blood Father (currently in post-production and starring Mel Gibson in the lead).
With Un moment d'égarement [+see also:
film profile] (lit. “A Moment of Distraction”), which is currently being shot in Corsica, the filmmaker is investing in the comedy-drama genre, which he has only tackled once before, with All About Love in 2001. The cast of this new opus (which is a remake of the film of the same name, written and directed by Claude Berri in 1977) boasts two French film stars: Vincent Cassel (who, following the releases of Trance [+see also:
film profile] and Beauty and the Beast [+see also:
interview: Christophe Gans
interview: Léa Seydoux
interview: Vincent Cassel
film profile], has just been filming Maïwenn’sMon roi and Il racconto dei racconti by Italian director Matteo Garrone back to back) and François Cluzet (winner of the César Award for Best Actor in 2007 for Tell No One [+see also:
film profile] and nominated three additional times in the same category, including for Untouchable [+see also:
film profile] in 2012). They are joined by young actresses Lola Le Lann and Alice Isaaz (Smart Ass [+see also:
Written by the director together with Lisa Azuelos, the story sees childhood best buddies Antoine and Laurent take their daughters, who are 17 and 18 years old, to a summer house on Corsica. Laurent allows himself to be seduced by Antoine’s daughter, but will he dare to own up to it?
Produced by Thomas Langmann for La Petite Reine Production (which is working with Richet and Cassel once again after the Mesrine diptych), Un moment d'égarement is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and M6 Films. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the film is also backed by the Corsica region (where the entirety of the shoot will take place, having kicked off on 6 September and set to wrap on 3 November) and the Palatine Etoile 12 Sofica. Distribution in France is still being negotiated, and international sales are handled by Wild Bunch.
La Petite Reine also has the Cannes competitor The Search [+see also:
Q&A: Michel Hazanavicius
film profile] by Michel Hazanavicius (French release scheduled for 26 November, courtesy of Warner) in store, as well as Tout, tout de suite by Richard Berry (a film currently in post-production that focuses on the Affair of the Gang of Barbarians and the death of Ilan Halimi – read the article).
(Translated from French)