La vie est un roman-photo! (Life is a photo-novel!)
Director: Julie Lopes-Curval
Screenwriter: Sophie Hiet, Julie Lopes-Curval
Marion Cotillard (Lena), Julie Depardieu (Ariane), Jonathan Zaccaï (Mark), Eric Berger (François), Sergio Peris Mencheta (Pablo), Tomer Sisley (Farid), Chantal Lauby (Eleonore), Sabine Balasse (Corinne)
Filming Dates: unknown
Theatrical Release: France: 2006-03-08 00:00:00 / US: 0000-00-00 00:00:00 / UK: 0000-00-00 00:00:00
DVD Release: France: 2006-10-04 00:00:00 / US: 2009-11-24 00:00:00 / UK: 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Runtime: 90 minutes
MPAA Rating: France: unknown / US: unknown / UK: unknown
Editor of the photo romance section of “You and Me” magazine, Ariane has a tendency to transpose the love lives of herself and her sister, Lena, onto the pages – albeit with some extra flourishes. However, their lives are not exactly romantic: Ariane clings on to Farid, who wants nothing to do with her, while Lena has grown bored with her companion, François. But what if Ariane let herself go and fell in love with Pablo, the handsome Spaniard who is working her building? And what if Lena let her heart beat for Mark, the remarkable violinist she has just met?
Lena, 28 year old. Sometimes we fondly call her “Little Mouse”:
there’s a look of a grey and white mouse, always running away…
Plays the cello. Very well.
Cannot believe it.
Overall, somewhat lacking in self-confidence.
Lonely, even though (or because?) she’s been living with her love François since forever, but that doesn’t mean it’ll last forever.
Terribly romantic. Terribly shy.
The mixture can be worse than nitroglycerin.
A today’s girl who lives like a heroine from a 19th century novel (however not Madame Bovary…).
- Official Site
• Filming Locations:
• Marion Cotillard had to learn to play the violin, an instrument she had always admired but never played before. She took lessons for 3 months and practiced every day in order to be able to play the instrument herself in all the scenes.
• Was shown at a number of festivals in 2006: Kiev (Molodist) – International Film Festival, Mexico City – Franco-Mexican Film Festival, New York – New Directors New Films, Seattle International Film Festival, Tel-Aviv – French Film Festival, Tokyo/Osaka – French Film Festival, Vienna (Viennale) – International Film Festival
Quotes from Others
I saw “Big Fish” and I immediately thought of Marion Cotillard for Lena. Marion has a beautiful interior, a mixture of elegant restraint and childhood. She really got into the role, working on it in secret, she’s a highly concentrated actress. And then she’s also incredibly photogenic. She did an outstanding job in learning to play the cello, I know she worked whole nights to make sure where to place the hands, to know her part. But I think she fell in love with the instrument to the point of wanting to continue
playing it today …
• Julie Lopes-Curval (Director)
Quotes from Reviews
Depardieu and Cotillard’s agile yin-yang performances are significantly more modulated than their characters’ up-and-down narrative arcs, often providing a measure of sweet sincerity that’s otherwise lacking from Lopes-Curval’s uneven screenplay.
• Slant Magazine
In order to be able to stay close to her family – and first love François – Marion’s Lena chose to play in an orchestra in Paris rather than to pursue a career as a solist. When she meets Mark, an accomplished violinist, during a concert in London and later again by chance in Paris the attraction is obvious. But Lena is timid and introverted. The film shows beautifully how decisions to wait or to act can decide your destiny. Marion is absolutely brilliant and shows us all facettes of Lena’s character, her insecurity, her longing to be loved, her frailty and most of all her musical talent.
This is one of my favourite Marion films overall. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. The characters are believable and drawn from real life. Adding the phantasy scenes added something fresh & funny to a familiar genre.
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