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Fred Cavayé helming Le Jeu, a remake of Perfect Strangers

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- The cast includes Bérénice Bejo, Suzanne Clément, Stéphane De Groodt, Vincent Elbaz, Grégory Gadebois, Doria Tillier and Roschdy Zem

Fred Cavayé helming Le Jeu, a remake of Perfect Strangers
Actress Bérénice Bejo, director Fred Cavayé and actress Suzanne Clément

Principal photography has been under way since 9 October on Le Jeu (lit. “The Game”), the fourth feature by Fred Cavayé, following Anything for Her [+see also:
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(623,000 admissions in France, nominated for the César Award for Best First Feature Film in 2009), Point Blank [+see also:
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(973,000 viewers in France in late 2010), Mea culpa (465,000 admissions in 2014) and Penny Pincher! [+see also:
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(2.9 million tickets sold in 2016). But interestingly, this is also a remake of the Italian smash hit Perfect Strangers [+see also:
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by Paolo Genovese (David di Donatello Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay in 2016, Best Screenplay Award at Tribeca, and grossing €18 million in Italian theatres).

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Standing out among the cast are Bérénice Bejo (Best Actress Award at Cannes in 2013 for The Past [+see also:
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, César Award for Best Actress in 2012 for The Artist [+see also:
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, and who will follow this job up with the shoot for La quietud by Pablo Trapero), Canada’s Suzanne Clément (popular in Mommy, Best Actress Award in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2012 for Laurence Anyways [+see also:
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, gracing screens recently in Number One [+see also:
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), Belgium’s Stéphane De Groodt (Corporate [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Silhol
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), Vincent Elbaz (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 1998 for Hikers, due to hit the cinema listings from 20 December in To the Top and set to be seen next year in Remise de peine), Grégory Gadebois (César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2012 for Angel & Tony [+see also:
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, nominated in 2014 in the Best Actor category for One of a Kind [+see also:
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; glimpsed at Venice in Endangered Species [+see also:
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and Reinventing Marvin [+see also:
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), Doria Tillier (a real revelation in Mr & Mrs Adelman [+see also:
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) and Roschdy Zem (Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2006 for Days of Glory [+see also:
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interview: Jean Bréhat
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, nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2000, 2006 and 2009; giving some fine performances earlier this year in Les Hommes du feu [+see also:
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and The Price of Success [+see also:
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interview: Teddy Lussi-Modeste
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).

Written by Fred Cavayé, the script of the remake (the original’s screenplay was co-written by Genovese, Filippo Bologna, Paolo Costella, Paola Mammini and Rolando Ravello) sees several couples of friends decide to play a “game” over dinner: each one must place their mobile phone in the middle of the table, and each and every text message, phone call, email, Facebook message and so on will have to be shared with the others. It will not be long before this “game” turns into a nightmare.

Produced by Stéphane Célérier and Valérie Garcia for Mars Films, and by Camilla Nesbitt and Pietro Valsecchi for Medset Films (a Paris-based outfit created by the two founding partners of Italian firm Taodue Film), Le Jeu is being co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and C8 Films. Having also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature will be distributed in French theatres by Mars from 31 October 2018. The shoot is taking place in Paris and will wrap on 4 December.

(Translated from French)

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