The comedy “Doctor”, broadcast this Sunday evening on France 2, was born after one of the writers had watched … the thriller “Night Call”, led by Jake Gyllenhaal!
The feature film Doctor, released in theaters in 2019 and broadcast this Sunday evening on France 2, tells about the particularly eventful Christmas night of a doctor after he crossed paths with a ldrunk. Hard to believe, and yet: the idea of this comedy carried by Michel Blanc germinated after watching a thriller with Jake Gyllenhaal!
Doctor was indeed born after screenwriter Jim Birmant saw Night Call, which sees Jake Gyllenhall scour Los Angeles at night in search of shocking images, which he sells at high prices to local TV stations. Seduced by the nocturnal atmosphere of this film released in theaters in 2014, he then saw further and asked the director Tristan Séguéla if he was interested in writing a thriller about a night doctor being replaced by someone who does not not at all.
“Right away, the idea of the substitution appealed to me (…), but I added a condition: we forget the thriller and we write a comedy”, recalls Jim Birmant. “I immediately felt the enormous comedic potential that there would be in putting this false doctor in a situation, awaited like the messiah by families in distress. What was going to happen? How was he going to get out of it. ? It was gold, you just had to dig … “
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Night Call isn’t the only film to have inspired Doctor. Before starting filming, Tristan Séguéla saw a lot of Broken Flowers by Jim Jarmusch, a film of “visits” from which he was sometimes inspired for the cutting. “NOTWe also watched Burn After Reading, the only Coen brothers film to be lit by Emmanuel Lubezki “, says the filmmaker.
“I obviously thought of a bunch of other films – the comedy duets imagined by Francis Veber, Les Ripoux by Claude Zidi, or more recently, the comedies by Nakache and Toledano which mix so well comedy, emotion and social observations”, continues Séguéla. “To American films too, of course – those of John Hughes and the Farelly brothers. But I don’t see these films as benchmarks, rather as dream partners.”
The “Night Call” trailer: