Director of “Dallas Buyers Club”, “Wild”, or even of the series “Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects”, Jean-Marc Vallée died at the age of 58 years. The filmmaker leaves behind a beautiful filmography marked by remarkable performances by his interpreters.
Death of Jean-Marc Vallée at the age of 58
Director Jean-Marc Vallée died on Saturday December 25 at the age of 58. Information confirmed by Radio Canada to his son, who did not specify the reasons for his death. Here is a terrible news which arrives to us just after the Christmas holidays and which leaves under the shock. The filmmaker has always been very active in recent years, although his latest accomplishments have been for the small screen.
After studying cinema at the University of Montreal, he directed his first feature film in 1995 with drama Blacklist. A first success in Quebec which allows him to then achieve Los Locos (1997) and Loser Love (1999). But his real revelation abroad is coming in 2005 with CRAZY, dramatic comedy about a family from the 1970s with in particular Marc-André Grondin. The film then won a number of awards in Canada and was nominated to represent the country at the 2006 Oscars but was ultimately not part of the list of finalists.
The consecration Dallas Buyers Club
At the Oscars, he will end up going there a few years later. After directing Victoria: The Young Years of a Queen (2009) and Café de Flore (2011), Jean-Marc Vallée definitely stands out as an author to follow in 2013 with Dallas Buyers Club. He stages there Matthew mcconaughey as a cowboy with HIV in the 1980s. A harsh drama marked both by the visual style of Jean-Marc Vallée and the remarkable performance of Matthew McConaughey. The film is notably nominated for the Oscar for best film, and won three Oscars including Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor for Jared Leto.
A consecration for Jean-Marc Vallée who will therefore chain dramas on the most evil characters who seek redemption. This is the case of Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese witherspoon in the very beautiful Wild in 2014. Or the character played by Jake Gyllenhaal in the most anecdotal Demolition (2015), his last feature film.
But, beyond his recurring themes and his desire to seek humanity in self-destructive characters, Jean-Marc Vallée above all imposes a visual paw. A way of filming that wants to be realistic and for which editing is crucial to give this feeling of truth. Everything is always accompanied byan evocative soundtrack allowing him to express himself as much by the image as by the music.
Two major HBO series
This approach takes on a whole new meaning when it switches to serial format by realizing the first season of Big Little Lies (2017). Accompanied by a memorable cast (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern …), it features middle-class mothers on the verge of nervous breakdown. The series is one of his great successes and certainly one of his best known works.
However, his true masterpiece arrives the following year with another HBO series: Sharp Objects. The mini-series stars Amy Adams as an alcoholic journalist forced to return to the town of her childhood to cover a kidnapping case. Like the previous names mentioned, the actress offers a remarkable performance while Jean-Marc Vallée offers a false thriller but real human drama, extremely dark and magnified by fascinating images of which he had the secret.