Garance Marillier will lend her features to the footballer Marinette Pichon in the very first French biopic devoted to a French sportswoman, and whose filming begins this Monday, January 31.
Garance Marillier puts on the crampons! The revelation of Grave will indeed embody the football player Marinette Pichon in a feature film by Virginie Verrier (2 hours from Paris), adapted from the book “Never give up” written by the main interested party, and whose filming begins this Monday, January 31.
Also led by Emilie Dequenne, Fred Testot, Sylvie Testud, Alban Lenoir and Caroline Proust, the film, soberly titled Marinette, will be eventful in more ways than one. Because it will be the very first biopic devoted to a sportswoman in France. Which, precisely, echoes the status of Marinette Pichon, a pioneer of French women’s football, and one of the biggest stars of football.
The first French player to have a career in the United States, where she was crowned best player and top scorer in 2002 and 2003, Marinette Pichon also held until September 2020 the record (men and women combined) for the number of goals scored under the blue jersey, with 81 achievements in 112 capes. Vs “only” 51 for Thierry Henry, his male counterpart.
ME, TONYA AS A REFERENCE
Herself a footballer, Virginie Verrier became interested in her destiny in 2018, as reported The French Movie. And his opus “is the portrait of a girl from a working class background that nothing predestined to this extraordinary trajectory”, can we read in the media. Spread over three decades, between 1980 and 2006, the year of his last selection in the French team, the film will be based on his career to evoke different subjects.
Citing Moi, Tonya as a reference, Virginie Verrier intends to develop a story in the form of short and numerous sequences. And address the issues of intra-family and domestic violence (suffered by Marinette Pichon in her childhood and then her private life), the evolution and recognition of women’s football, the emancipation that sport allows…
But also homosexuality and disability, because she is also the first high-level sportswoman to have come out, and shares her life with Ingrid Moatti, disabled basketball champion. While the shoots are set to last 39 days, Marinette doesn’t yet have a release date. But its French distribution will be provided by The Jokers, which adds an additional title to its ambitious line-up.