“Sous emprise” available on Netflix is freely inspired by the true story of French freediver Audrey Mestre, who tragically disappeared in 2002. The film is starring Camille Rowe and Sofiane Zermani.
Under the Grip: what is this new Netflix movie?
Available from this Friday, September 9, Under the influence is a feature film directed by American David M. Rosenthal (how it ends, A Single Shot). It takes place in France, and features a French-speaking cast led by Camille Rowe and Sofiane Zermani.
The first embodies Roxana, a young woman who decides to escape from Parisian life to take a free diving course in Porquerelles. There she meets Pascal Gauthier (Sofiane Zermani), a freediving star, and the two very quickly begin a passionate relationship. But when Roxana starts breaking several apnea records, Pascal feels threatened.
The true story of Audrey Mestre
As announced at the beginning of the film, Under the influence is based on real facts. More specifically, on the true story of Audrey Mestrea young French freediver who died while diving in the Dominican Republic.
Indeed, at the age of 22, the young woman, already passionate about diving, met Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras, a Cuban freediver with several world records Apnea No Limit. She moved to Miami to be with him and in turn became passionate about No Limit Freediving.
Helped by her companion, she quickly manages to break several records. Thus, in 2000, she broke the women’s world record for freediving with a depth of 125m. The following year, she beat his own record with a descent to 130m.
On October 4, 2002 in the Dominican Republic, under the direction of her husband, she made a dive to 166m. Eight days later, she tries a new descent to 171m but a problem arises with the balloon supposed to bring her to the surface. The apnea phase which was supposed to last a maximum of three minutes actually lasts eight and a half minutesi. Her husband brings her unconscious body to the surface and she is declared dead a short time later. Audrey Mestre was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea.
Four years after her death, Carlos Serra, a former partner of Audrey Mestre’s husband and co-organizer of the fatal descent, publishes the book The Last Attempt. In this book, he discusses the possibility that Ferreras is guilty of the death of the young woman. Indeed, he indicates that the couple was on the verge of divorce because of the infidelities of Ferreras, but that the latter could also have been jealous of the sudden notoriety of his companion. He could thus have sabotaged the ascent equipment.
A film attempt by James Cameron aborted
In 2004, Ferreras published the book The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsessionn in which he discussed his career but also life with his wife. James Cameron, director passionate about diving, had planned to make a film of it but which will never see the light of day.
baptized The Dive the project is then picked up by Francis Lawrence, director of the last three Hunger Games films, who plans to find Jennifer Lawrence for the lead role. Once again, the project will never see the light of day.