Shooting an action film that links shootings and violent deaths is rarely a walk in the park. The actress Sofia Lesaffre thus learned it at her expense on the set of “La Terre et le sang” by Julien Leclercq…
Sami Bouajila pulls out the guns in earth and blood
In 2020, Julien Leclercq releases his sixth feature film, the action thriller earth and blood. One survival violent and brutal in which the director calls on his favorite actor Sami Bouajila for the third time. The latter embodies Saïd, a sawmill boss from the North of France suffering from cancer, and whose days are numbered. Before disappearing, he nevertheless wants to put his daughter Sarah (Sofia Lesaffre), deaf and mute, safe.
An already complex situation that will become extremely complicated when one of his employees, Yanis (Samy Seghir), hides in the sawmill a car full of drugs. When the owner of the cargo, Adama (Eriq Ebouaney), arrives to collect it and liquidate all witnessesSaïd has nothing left to lose and is not going to let it go…
earth and blood thus plays with the codes of several sub-genres of the thriller, and has as many allures of survival that of home invasion. An uninhibited treatment of a simple story, that of the defense of a territory and a survival, which allows a deluge of action and a very satisfying succession of fights and shootouts. During filming, the actors therefore had a wide variety of weapons in their hands, from shotgun to AK-47 passing by an ax and all that in a sawmill can hurt a lot. And as it can happen in this kind of situation, actress Sofia Lesaffre injured herself while shooting a chase sequence.
A forehead injury for Sofia Lesaffre
Before confronting Adama and his men, Saïd entrusts his daughter to Yanis and orders them to flee. He then puts a shotgun in the hands of the young man. And it is this accessory that will unfortunately cause problems for Sofia Lesaffre. Indeed, as Samy Seghir said in an interview with Rapunchlinehe unintentionally hurt her during the filming of their escape into the forest.
During filming, we had a bit of a difficult week with Sofia Lesaffre, we had to “run” all week for filming in the forest. One day there was an incident. I was equipped with a gun for filming purposes. And she took the gun right in the forehead. She literally cut her forehead open. Filming had barely begun. General panic! But in the end everything went well, and Sophia Lesaffre was terribly angry with me (laughs).
Fortunately, more fear than harm for the young actress. And if she may have resented her playing partner at the time, she in any case did not hold it against Julien Leclercq. She indeed chained with him the following year for his series Robbersderived from the film of the same name released in 2015.