As it’s already been two weeks since I got back from Paris and I didn’t and don’t and won’t have time to write an article for each thing I did during my trip, I decided I would write an article grouping everything, with only a brief comment for each one.
Though there are some things I did that were so amazing that I can’t speak briefly about them – things for which I need to write a entire article. This is the case for Au revoir là haut, a movie adapted from the Goncourt Prize 2013 by Pierre Lemaitre. The movie was produced by Albert Dupontel, who also plays the main role !
I heard saying he wasn’t supposed to play in the movie, that he was « forced » to do so, as the initial actor « ditched him »… But now I just can’t imagine this movie without him in it !
He was absolutely perfect in his role, like if it was written for him. Same for all the other actors, who played brilliantly – especially Laurent Lafitte, who’s playing a sadistic but hilarious character, and Nahuel Perez Biscayart, who is so moving as a Hatchet Face – okay, I admit, I got a crush on him since I saw him in 120 beats per minute, so whaaat ? 🙂 .
Short sum-up : Edouard Pericourt, soldier during the first World-War, got touched by a shell and his face got partly destroyed. Scared that his wealthy businessman father would deny him, he decides, with the help of his war companion Maillard, to fake his death and starts a new life, hiding his Hatchet Face behind beautiful masks he creates. But then comes an idea, that will change the course of the story : he decides to sell fake war memorials to the municipality… (I won’t tell you more).
Anyway, I discussed about the movie with a friend, who didn’t like it as much as I did, because she read the book before, so obviously she compared both, and found that the film doesn’t stay true to the novel.
I didn’t read the book, which at first I thought was a bad thing, but now I’m glad I didn’t, because it gave me the opportunity to judge the movie with fresh eyes, as an artwork in itself, and not as an adaptation.
Anyway, I was transported in the character’s universe from the very beginning, enchanted by the poetry and the charm that emerge. I was blown away by the performance of each actor, and also by the realism of the decors – as the major part of the movie was shot on green screens (I usually don’t like special effects, but I have to admit these ones were successfully made).
I lost track of time, and when I got out of the cinema, it was already dark and cold in the streets. But I was in Paris, and so the magic kept following me, and the stars in my eyes took hours to go away…