After he participates in the collective film “Bastards of the poor”, released in 2019, Patrice Leconte is back with “Maigret”, for which he directs Gérard Depardieu in the role of the famous commissioner imagined by Georges Simenon. We had the chance to meet him and ask him a few questions.
Patrice Leconte seizes Maigret
Patrice Leconte has an eclectic filmography, in which we retain titles that have made history. There is the cult saga of tanned. But also, in particular, The specialists, Ridiculous, The Widow of Saint-Pierre, or The Girl on the Bridge. A very gifted filmmaker, he is back on the front of the stage with Maigretan adaptation of the novel Maigret and the dead girl by George Simenon.
A legendary fictional character, adapted many times in series and films, and who for this new film (our review here) takes on the features of Gérard Depardieu. We were able to meet the director and ask him a few questions (video interview at the top of the article).
Patrice Leconte: “the characters who claim to hold the truth are boring”
By making this adaptation, Patrice Leconte returns to his childhood readings and, to bring to the screen these stories he loved so much, offers the participation of the great French actor Gérard Depardieu. A collaboration he had wanted for a long time. And who was finally able to materialize in this film, as he told it to RTL in November 2020.
Thus, the director recounts his discovery of the work of Georges Simenon, and what he finds special in Jules Maigret as a fictional hero. Also, why did he choose this novel with his screenwriter Jérôme Tonnerre, Maigret, and the dead girl, rather than another? And finally, why he perceives Gérard Depardieu as being “obvious” in the role and explains his already firm decision not to make another Maigret film following this one.