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Christophe Hermans is adapting La Ruche by Arthur Loustalot, and casting Ludivine Sagnier


- The Belgian director has just started filming his first feature film, which also stars the young Belgian actors Sophie Breyer and Mara Taquin

Christophe Hermans is adapting La Ruche by Arthur Loustalot, and casting Ludivine Sagnier
Actress Ludivine Sagnier

On 24 June, filming commenced on Belgian filmmaker Christophe Hermans’ first full-length movie, La Ruche. Mainly known for his documentary work (Eclaireurs, Les Perruques de Christel), the Belgian helmer is now taking the plunge into feature films and adapting La Ruche, the novel by the French writer Arthur Loustalot.

From as far back as they can remember, Marion, Claire and Louise’s lives have always been ruled by the emotional highs and lows of their mother, Alice. Now, only their love can save her from the destructive spiral in which she is caught and dragged ever further into with every passing day. Theirs is an infinite love, as violent as it is indescribable.

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By way of this female quartet and these adolescent girls who must contend with the bipolar disorder of their mother, the filmmaker is looking to question our notions of filial and maternal love, but also our ideas of psychological pain, the medical treatment of this pain, and its limits. In nigh-on no exit style, the film is set almost exclusively in a fully restored apartment in the centre of Liège, where the team and the actors will be based until 26 July.

In the robes of Alice, we find the French actress Ludivine Sagnier, whom we’ll soon be seeing in Julien Rappeneau’s Of Love and Lies, alongside François Damiens (read our news), as well as in another Belgian first feature film, The Lords by Vero Cratzborn (read our news). Playing opposite her are two young and promising Belgian actresses, Sophie Breyer (who was discovered in Belgium in the TV series The Break) and Mara Taquin (soon to be seen leading the cast in Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s The Specials [+see also:
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), but also Sagnier’s real-life daughter, Bonnie Duvauchelle. Flemish actor Tom Vermeir is also in the game.

La Ruche is produced by Frakas Production, who seem to be on endless filming detail, after Banu Akseki’s Sans soleil, and before starting work on the next offerings by Fabrice du Welz and Patrick Ridremont. The picture is co-produced by Avenue B in France and by Polar Bear in Flanders.

(Translated from French)

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