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Christian Carion and A Lovely Race | Madame Renaud and her driver

(Paris) Accustomed to display situations of which he’s the primary writer, Christian Carion made an exception for A fantastic race, a movie particularly written for Line Renaud. The good girl of the French music corridor embodies a nonagenarian evoking her previous with a stranger, a taxi driver. Pleasure and emotion have been current. Interview.

Whereas making the Paris-Lyon connection by prepare, Christian Carion (The Farewell Affair, My boy) learn the screenplay by Cyril Gely (Diplomacy, Chocolate) that producers despatched to him. Written particularly for Line Renaud, icon of French showbiz additionally acknowledged for her social involvement, significantly in the reason for AIDS, A fantastic race recounts this second in life when an outdated individual has virtually no different selection however to go and finish his days in a retirement house, taking solely his reminiscences with him to furnish the small area granted to him.

To the taxi driver who takes her to her new place of residence, performed by Dany Boon, Madeleine, the protagonist, nevertheless, insists on making many detours as a way to see for the final time the locations which have meant quite a bit in her life. And bear in mind the occasions, typically dramatic, that befell there.

“Once I arrived, I used to be in tears! “, confides the filmmaker throughout an interview granted to The Press as a part of the Unifrance French Cinema Conferences, held this week in Paris.

As I had misplaced my mom shortly earlier than, I used to be all of the extra delicate to this story.

Chrsitian Carion, filmmaker

“I then contacted the screenwriter, telling him that there have been nonetheless some issues that I favored much less and that I must put his script in my hand, which he was in full settlement with”, he provides.

Dany Boon in dramatic mode

One of many first choices of Christian Carion, a person from the North born in Cambrai, was to supply the position of the taxi driver to his “compatriot” Dany Boon, whose extra dramatic potential he had already revealed in Merry Christmas. Sharing with Line Renaud, one other girl from the North, a deep friendship for greater than 30 years, even contemplating her as his second mom, the actor, recognized above all for his comedies, has put himself solely on the service of his buddy and the sleek working of the filming.


Pals in life, Line Renaud and Dany Boon loved enjoying reverse one another in A fantastic race.

“Along with being an awesome actor, Dany was a powerful soldier, specifies the filmmaker. I all the time informed him that he was like Bourvil and that he might play drama in addition to comedy, even when, on the time of Merry Christmas, he needed to be satisfied. There, he actually let go. He was completely honest in laying naked his feelings. There have been typically instances after we solely did one take with him as a result of he felt he could not get again into that sturdy emotion a second time. Anyway, there was no must do it, as a result of what he gave was instantly excellent. »

A testomony movie?

Though the story ofA fantastic race is by no means impressed by the very lifetime of the lady who, within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, made the heyday of musical critiques, each in France and in the US (there’s a Line Renaud Highway in Las Vegas!), the mirror impact between fiction and actuality was so sturdy that the actress, now 94, confided to the filmmaker that she couldn’t dream of a extra lovely “testomony movie”.

“I didn’t react very nicely when she informed me that, reveals Christian Carion. I requested her to maintain this concept of ​​a testomony movie to herself as a result of it was actually an excessive amount of for me to bear. It’s too nice a accountability. After which, I identified to her that individuals have been going to find her in another way by way of this character and that different filmmakers would maybe then come and supply her roles. Right now, Line is nostalgic for this movie and is now asking me once I plan to ship her a brand new script! »


On the set ofA fantastic raceChristian Carion talks with Line Renaud and Dany Boon, the 2 headliners of his new movie.

Coincidence or not, many issues in Madeleine’s story overlap with that of her interpreter. Line Renaud additionally wished to attend the filming of the scene the place the younger Madeleine (performed by Alice Isaaz) kisses an American soldier, even when her presence was not required.

“On the finish of the scene, Line returned to the ball, congratulated the actors, saying that was precisely the way it had occurred, says the filmmaker. She then informed us that on the age of 15, she had, like her character, kissed an American GI. She had by no means informed this story earlier than. Numerous issues of that nature intersect. »

Line has by no means been a sufferer of home violence herself, however some girls in her household have. She informed us that was additionally why she wished to make this movie.

Chrsitian Carion, filmmaker

A cheerful shoot

Brilliant, visibly delighted to have the ability to play such an attractive rating, Line Renaud was capable of profit from the particular circumstances reserved for her by the filmmaker, nicely conscious of the venerable age of her essential actress. All of the scenes contained in the taxi automotive have been additionally shot within the studio, whereas the streets of Paris, filmed beforehand, parade on big screens put in throughout. After which, the very fact of getting additionally relied on the deep friendship shared by Line Renaud and Dany Boon made this filming led by three individuals from the Ch’tis nation joyful.

“Line is a girl who liked and nonetheless loves life very a lot. Within the movie, Madeleine asserts {that a} smile is a glance of youth and anger is a glance of age. This formulation completely signifies who Line Renaud is,” says the filmmaker.

A fantastic race hits theaters January 20.

Journey bills have been paid by Unifrance.

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