By the strength of its subject and the intensity of its performers, “Les Intranquilles”, a new film by Joachim Lafosse, should find an echo in everyone. Its actors Leïla Bekhti and Damien Bonnard, and its director confide in this film apart.
Les Intranquilles, presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival last July, follows a couple, Leila and Damien, doing everything to remain united, despite the disease. Joachim Lafosse’s new film focuses on a man (Damien Bonnard) suffering from bipolar disorder, and how his wife (Leïla Bekhti) copes with hardship.
We met the film crew who told us about the particular atmosphere of the shoot (which took place after the first confinement) or the preparation. Its director and co-screenwriter Joachim Lafosse also told us about his origins from which he drew the material to tell this powerful story.
An intimate and universal story
As Joachim Lafosse told us, the desire for this film “part of his childhood“. And immediately add:”But my little story, my childhood, is not necessarily interesting. What’s crazy is writing a screenplay from this story, giving it to Leila [Bekhti] and Damien [Bonnard], and they took me to give shape to this film, which brought me back to affects, emotions that the adult that I am had perhaps even forgotten. “
“My parents got to see the film, and it was an opportunity to tell them how proud I was of them. I have a dad who was hospitalized for phases of manic depression, bipolarity, and power, with the film, and with what Damien and Leila made of it to be able to say to my dad at the same time: ‘I am proud of yourself, you haven’t been back to the hospital for 30 years, that’s great ‘. “
“Then, to have actors who say to you at one point: ‘You know what, we are going to keep our first names’, and who, in rehearsal, take over each scene to bring them even further than what you have writing is great. This is the most beautiful thing that can happen to an author. “
A unique filming experience
“It’s been a long time since I tried to live this for a movie, says the director. That is to say, I invited my collaborators to propose, to give, and after I do my modeling with all that. But for that, you need people who are not afraid to dare. I can’t work with people who say, ‘okay, you tell us what we’re doing’. It doesn’t amuse me, there is no otherness. What interests me is that Leila pushes me around and tells me things. “
“It’s true that we all jostled, complete Leïla Bekhti. We were incredibly lucky, 80% of the film took place in the same setting. And we were able to rehearse 10 days before filming, we were able to rewrite scenes, and that did not prevent us from rewriting them afterwards. We never stopped working. And I had the same fervor for scenes in which I was not. But anyway I don’t see this job as a lonely job. Me, it’s the collective that drives me. ”
Joachim Lafosse adds: “When we are faced with the psychosis of a companion, a companion, we take “dear”. It does not allow to party, to go find her friends… I asked Leila to come tired, and to work physically so that we feel that she is physically affected. And frankly, it’s incredibly generous to have accepted and gone“.
Leïla Bekhti considers that this request has precisely “helped a lot“.”I loved looking, I loved being exhausted. There was only that: we would go home, we would sleep, we would wake up, we would go back. I like to work; I love snooping around, not finding, that we look for together, that we do not take offense. And it’s true that it’s a shoot that was quite intense. But in every sense of the word. “
“We had a lot of ease in saying things to each other within the team“, she says.”And there was always someone from the team to come and support. Saying You mustn’t let go! There are plenty of examples like that, and it’s not just to promote “, adds Joachim Lafosse.
This role required special preparation for Damien Bonnard. In addition to meeting people with bipolarity, the actor has undergone a long preparation, to which he returns to our microphone:
“When I turn on the machine for preparation, I try to light all the buttons. I have been to a lot of different places and it was Joachim Lafosse who allowed me to do it and the production, who accompanied me there.
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