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The shoot wraps for Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud’s Le Test

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- Alexandra Lamy and Philippe Katerine topline this production staged by 24 25 Films, which is being sold overseas by Charades

The shoot wraps for Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud’s Le Test
Director Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud

The last clapperboard slammed yesterday to mark the end of the shoot for Le Test, the second feature by Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud, following Les Cobayes (French release date TBC). After kicking off on 21 September, principal photography for the helmer’s new effort took place in Marseille, Sète, Agde, Frontignan and Montpellier. The cast includes Alexandra Lamy (Ricky [+see also:
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, Back to Mom’s [+see also:
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, Rolling to You [+see also:
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), Philippe Katerine (César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2019 for Sink or Swim [+see also:
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and set to grace screens from 10 February next year in Old Fashioned), and young actors Chloé Barkoff-Gaillard, Matteo Perez and Joaquim Fossi.

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The story, written by Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud himself and Noé Debré (nominated for the César Award for Best Screenplay in 2016 for Dheepan [+see also:
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and for the equivalent Ensor Award in 2018 for Racer and the Jailbird [+see also:
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, also recently acclaimed for the series Parlement), revolves around contented mother Annie, whose married life with Laurent is a picture of harmony. Her two young kids, Maximilien and César, are brilliant and sensitive boys, and Poupi, her teenage daughter, supports her willingly and patiently in bringing up Milo, her latest arrival. It’s a perfect family that Annie controls with a firm but loving hand. Yet one morning during an apparently uneventful weekend, the discovery of a "forgotten" positive pregnancy test left lying around in the bathroom shatters this harmony into a thousand pieces. Who does the test belong to? As she embarks on a crazy investigation to find out the owner of this object, and despite her best efforts to save face, Annie will see all of her certainties turned on their heads, and the pack of cards that life has dealt her entirely reshuffled.

Produced by Matthias Weber and Thibault Gast for 24 25 Films, Le Test is being co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and Apollo Films (which will take care of the French distribution). The feature, which has been pre-purchased by OCS and France 3, has also secured backing from the Sud and Occitanie regions, as well as from the Cofinova, Indéfilms, SG Image and Cinécap Soficas. The international sales are handled by Charades.

As a reminder, 24 25 Films, which is planning to release the thriller Black Box by Yann Gozlan (toplined by Pierre Niney – produced with WY Productions – distributed by StudioCanal from 17 March) and the comedy Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï by François Desagnat (starring Jean-Paul Rouve, Julie Depardieu and Ramzy Bedia – distributed by Apollo Films) in theatres next year, also has The Eavesdropper [+see also:
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by Thomas Kruithof (2017) and A Perfect Man [+see also:
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by Yann Gozlan (2015) under its belt.

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(Translated from French)

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