Carried by the formidable actresses Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier, “Deux” is a moving film about a love story shared by two septuagenarians. But is it based on a true story?
Two: the power of love
Directed by Filippo Meneghetti, Of them was released in French theaters on February 12, 2020 after having scoured many festivals. The following year, he was awarded the César for best first film and was chosen to represent France at the Oscars (he was ultimately not selected in the five finalists).
Carried by a formidable trio of actresses made up of Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier and Léa Drucker, the feature film tells the love story of Nina and Madeleine, septuagenarians deeply in love with each other. To hide their relationship from those around them, they live in two different apartments, on the same floor. In the eyes of all, they are just simple neighbors. On a daily basis, they share their lives and come and go between their two homes. But the day Madeleine suffers a stroke, their lives are turned upside down.
For their interpretation of great accuracy, Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier had been awarded the prize for best actress at the Light Festival 2021 (and had also been nominated for the Césars).
Is the film based on a true story?
When the film was released, director Filippo Meneghetti opened up about its genesis. Especially on the real facts who had inspired this story. Thus, he said:
I have witnessed similar stories that have deeply marked me. I always told myself that if one day I managed to make a film around these stories, it would be a way of paying homage to the people concerned. That said, Deux’s story is completely made up. I wanted to tell the story of two women who secretly loved each other. But I didn’t know how to stage it. A friend once told me about two older women who lived above him. They had recently been widowed and lived opposite each other. And to feel less alone, they always left the door open. It was from this anecdote that the film began to germinate in my mind.