Jean-Marc Vallée, Oscar-nominated director for “Dallas Buyers Club”, co-creator and director of the “Big Little Lies” series, died on December 25 at the age of 58. In collaboration with Alexandre Jourdain.
Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée, revealed by the film CRAZY in 2005, co-creator and director of the Big Little Lies series and the poignant Dallas Buyers Club, which offered the Oscar for Best Actor to Matthew McConaughey, died on Christmas day. He was 58 years old. Announced by American media, his death was confirmed by his son to Radio-Canada. The circumstances of his death are not known.
“Jean-Marc was synonymous with creativity, authenticity, he tried to do things differently” his partner producer Nathan Ross said, in a statement cited by Variety. “He was a true artist and a generous and loving guy. Everyone who worked with him couldn’t help but see the talent and vision he possessed. He was a friend, a creative partner and an older brother. for me. The Maestro will be sorely missed, but it is heartwarming to know that his magnificent style and impactful work that he has shared with the world will live on. “
The CRAZY revelation
After studying cinema at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Jean-Marc Vallée plans to become a filmmaker. It was first through the making of his three short films, Stereotypes, Les Fleurs magiques and Les Mots magiques that he began to assert his talent. With Stereotypes (1992), a veritable procession of cinematographic references, the young director pays a remarkable tribute to the great classics of American cinema.
On the other hand, he adopts a much more personal and autobiographical tone for Magic Flowers (1995) and later The magic words (1998), in which he explores father-son relationships. This first attempt behind the camera earned him numerous awards, including three awards at the Montreal International Short Film Festival and another at the Sundance Festival.
The unexpected success of his first feature film, Black List (1995), then led the filmmaker to distribute the film in several countries. This first victory took him to the United States where he shot two films with actor Mario Van Peebles: Los Locos (1997) and Loser Love (1999).
After these two low-budget productions, he embarks on directing the television series The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (2000). During these years, he prepared a great work whose story straddles the years 1960 to 1970, which was inspired by his own youth and that of his co-screenwriter François Boulay: CRAZY.
Firstly wanting to make the film in the United States, Jean-Marc Vallée is finally convinced by his friend Michel Côté, former star of Black List, to shoot in Quebec. The latter obtains at the same time one of the best roles of his career, interpreting the character of the father.
In 2005, after ten years of effort, CRAZY finally come out and allow Jean-Marc Vallee to achieve both public and critical success. He also introduced the actor Marc-André Grondin who, as a child, played in Magic Flowers. With this new notoriety, the director was entrusted by Martin Scorsese with the realization of the historical film Victoria: the young years of a queen (2009).
Based on a screenplay by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), this production stars Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Friend and Emily Blunt. With the drama Café de Flore in 2012, he reconnects with a more intimate register, by staging the crossed destinies of a young Parisian mother and a DJ, between the Paris of the 60s and that of today. Strong and determined, Vanessa Paradis plays the role of a mother ready to sacrifice everything for the well-being of her child with Down’s syndrome.
A golden role for Matthew McConaughey
The following year, he realized Dallas Buyers Club, drama inspired by a true story, which chronicles the tragic destiny of Ron Woodroof. While the doctors give him 30 days to live, the latter, diagnosed HIV-positive at the age of 35, decides to fight against the pharmaceutical industry which he considers too passive. Director Quebecois offers itself for the occasion an American cast of first choice: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.
Mentioned for the Oscar for best editing, Jean-Marc Vallée especially allows McConaughey to obtain the Oscar for Best Actor for his extraordinary composition, very solidly supported by Jared Leto who leaves for his part crowned with the Oscar for Best Second role. Magnificent revenge for the …