In the film “Aline” which is freely inspired by the life of Celine Dion, Valérie Lemercier plays the superstar at all ages, including when she is a very young girl. But how was this made possible? We will explain everything to you.
Aline: Valérie Lemercier becomes Celine Dion
Quebec, late 1960s, Sylvette and Anglomard welcome their 14th child: Aline. In the Dieu family, music reigns supreme and when Aline grows up we discover a gift to her, she has a golden voice. When he hears this voice, music producer Guy-Claude has only one thing in mind… to make Aline the greatest singer in the world. Supported by her family and guided by the experience and then the budding love of Guy-Claude, they will together write the pages of an extraordinary destiny.
Even if in the film, the main character is called Aline Dieu, it is indeed Celine Dion’s life that we are talking about in Aline by Valérie Lemercier. The latter interprets the singer, from his childhood to his adult life, from the shadow to the light. An impressive physical performance that revisits the pivotal moments in the life of the Quebec star.
How was the actress able to play Aline as a child?
If you’ve seen the film (in theaters since November 10), you must have wondered about the underpinnings of childhood and adolescence. Indeed, Valérie Lemercier insisted on interpreting Aline at all ages. Including when the latter is a child.
I couldn’t ask a child to play a role, especially since we have children filming only 4 hours a day, whereas I had 18 hours a day (…) And then I like to play kids, i find it fun to make and to be 10 in the morning, then 50 in the evening.
she told us in an interview.
Contrary to what one might think, it is indeed the body of Valérie Lemercier in these scenes, and not her head encrusted on a child’s body:
Since I didn’t want my head to be placed on another body either, we used morphing a lot until I was 16. I also had under each costume sheaths that hugged me very tightly to have the body of a child and then of a teenager.
But for the scenes where Aline is in the presence of adults, the film crew had to use a forced perspective technique. As in the saga The Lord of the Rings of Peter Jackson where the hobbits had to appear much smaller than the other characters, the visual effects team of Aline used the same process.
Indeed, the French company MIKROS, specializing in visual effects, recently unveiled at the microphone of our colleagues fromAlloCine how it had been possible:
The principle is to move the camera, so to find the right ratio of camera movement to have the impression that the person, in this case Valérie, is smaller.
In addition to this technique, the footage of childhood and adolescence was shot on green backgrounds to be able to numerically reduce the body of Valérie Lemercier. Her face has also been retouched to erase wrinkles and other marks. During the filming of these scenes, the actress had to look not in the eyes of the other actors but 50cm above, for the final rendering, as we can see below:
Some decorations have also been designed in XXL size so that Valérie Lemercier appears smaller. This is the case, for example, with his office, or even the window of the shoe store.
If you want to know more about the making-of ofAline, discover the video below: