Arte broadcasts the telefilm directed by Philippe Lioret entitled “Paris-Brest”. The filmmaker offers an intimate drama about the family and the unspoken, carried by the young Anthony Bajon. At his side, we find Valérie Karsenti or Catherine Arditi.
Paris Brest : What does it talk about ?
Filmmaker Philippe Lioret, director of I’m fine don’t worry and John’s son here is making a poignant TV movie titled Paris Brest. A first film dedicated entirely to television where he paints the portrait of a family with difficult relationships. He inspects here the soul and consciousness of its different characters. The screenplay is a free adaptation of the eponymous book by Tanguy Viel published in 2009.
The official synopsis is as follows: Student in Letters in Brest, Colin runs into his parents, obsessed with money, who do not understand his dream of becoming a writer. The young man is only supported by his late-fortunate grandmother Manou, whom he is very close to. He announces to her and to his girlfriend Elise that he is taken to the Sorbonne in Paris. Five years later, Colin returns for the birth of his nephew. Her parents are now living in Manou’s beautiful apartment, which is vegetating in a retirement home. On Christmas Eve, Colin announces that he is about to publish a novel on their family …
A story about the family unspoken
This Brest family filmed in an almost Chabrolian way, is eaten up by lies and greed. Colin, who is a young writer, finally decides to come back to his family for the holidays, he who went into exile for 5 years in Paris. Unfortunately, he is right in the face all the faults and the irritating behavior of his parents, embodied by Gilles Cohen and Valérie Karsenti. The latter and indeed far from her role of Liliane in Domestic scenes. Both of them are perfect in the role of cold parents obsessed with money and social success.
Anthony Bajon, meanwhile, holds the main role of this telefilm, the young actor revealed in the film Prayer was seen more recently in Teddy Where The third war. Here, he embodies a tormented writer and finds the right mix between the deep hatred he feels and his sensitivity that characterizes him. He bases his novel precisely on his personal history. Indeed, a few years back an event turned everything upside down and this memory has haunted him and made him feel guilty ever since. Since then, Colin has cultivated the desire to extricate himself from this family unit so harmful to him.
Manou is played by Catherine Arditi, very rare on television. She slips into the role of the understanding grandmother who can’t stand her daughter and son-in-law anymore. Colin can therefore count on her, because together they share the same values of money. Kévin Azaïs is also in the game and is once again very accurate in his interpretation. Obviously, all these different characters are, despite their flaws, very endearing. Philippe Lioret proves here that he has not lost any of his know-how, he who likes to deal with the complexity of human relationships.