Valérie Lemercier responded to the criticisms emitted by Claudette and Michel Dion on Quebec television. The latter did not appreciate the fantasy of the film “Aline”.
Valérie Lemercier responded to criticism from part of the Dion family. The filmmaker had indeed been the subject of strong remonstrances from Claudette and Michel Dion, sister and brother of the singer, on Quebec television last Tuesday.
Contacted by Press, Valérie Lemercier notably (re) explained her approach with this film: “It’s cinema. It’s not a documentary; it’s a fiction, she recalled. It is said at the beginning of the film: there are things which are not true, which are of the order of the imagination of Brigitte Buc and I, who wrote the scenario.“
Valérie Lemercier indicated that she did not watch Julie Snyder’s talk show, but knows the gist of the comments made by Claudette and Michel Dion, reports La Presse.
“We were so careful. I didn’t want to spoil this family, these characters. We took great care to present them as heroes, which they are to me anyway, “she continues.” I don’t want to apologize for making this film.. “
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About what the family considers to be approximations, Valérie Lemercier answers: “Yes, it’s true, we didn’t ask [Céline Dion] in marriage by putting a diamond ring in her ice cream in Italy, but that’s a pretty story. Céline had 15 houses, but we only see three. And I concentrated all the brothers into one because you can’t have 25 main characters in a movie. Making a film is also making choices. “
And to add: “I heard [que Claudette et Michel Dion] had found the house dirty. But I took so much care to keep it looking tidy and clean. The cinematographer shed the best light possible so that everyone was beautiful… even me, who was ugly!“
Valérie Lemercier qualifies, indicating that “other members of the family who did not speak publicly (…) really liked the film. The family is big. We can’t please everyone. ”
The director, who had canceled her appearance on the set of the Quebec show on Tuesday, concludes: “I have to protect myself. Because if you want to create something, you have to have a little self-confidence. I didn’t want to spoil the beautiful Tuesday evening. “
Aline, a true-false biopic dedicated to Aline Dieu (inspired by Celine Dion), is currently in theaters.
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