Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi makes sparks in “La Fracture” (in theaters October 27) by Catherine Corsini opposite Pio Marmaï and Marina Foïs. We met her to discuss with her her character, her partners, and her way of fighting against her own fractures.
The Fracture: one hell of a night
Presented in Official Competition at the last Cannes Film Festival, The divide by Catherine Corsini has been in theaters since October 27.
Raf and Julie form a couple on the verge of breaking up, who find themselves in an Emergency Department close to asphyxiation on the evening of a major Parisian demonstration. Overwhelmed staff, injured and angry demonstrators will shatter the certainties and prejudices of two women. Not to mention their meeting with Yann, an injured protester. Outside, the tension mounts, the hospital finds itself under siege. The night will be long…
In the cast of this explosive camera, we find Pio Marmaï, Marina Foïs and Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi. The latter plays the character of Raf, who tries to hang on at all costs to his relationship with Julie.
Meeting with Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi
What did you like about Catherine Corsini’s project?
First of all, it is the desire to work with her. We have known each other for a long time, but we had never had the opportunity to collaborate before. I choose films above all for the director, or the director. And the power of the worldview he or she offers. The Fracture is one of the films that I accepted without reading the script. And without hesitation.
Then, reading the script, I was charmed by my character. In the fact that he was bent on chasing someone. It was invigorating, and a lot of fun to play.
What particularly touches you about this character?
Mainly her fear of being abandoned. This is something that speaks to me personally. I felt abandoned in my life, and I tried to do like her. To run after people. But it didn’t help much. Not like in the movie. In the film, all of his efforts pay off. I find that in life, we make a lot of efforts that do not bear fruit.
I find that the efforts in work pay off more often than the efforts in life, which I often find overwhelming. There is a lack of results. That is to say that I get more to be rewarded for my efforts at work. I often find that we are like Don Quixotes. We move for nothing.
What does a fracture mean to you?
I never broke anything, I touch wood. Me, I try not to experience things as fractures in life. Even the separations. I try to experience them as changes. I try with all my might that there are no fractures in my life. Instead of fractures, I try to make it sprain. I try to make life easier.
In the film, it also refers to the social divide.
I find Catherine Corsini’s point of view very interesting.
Afterwards, my character lacks a point of view. And his superficiality in his thinking sent me back to my own superficiality. And it’s pretty funny. I was trying to make fun of myself. Because she’s a little fuzzy in her thinking. I, too, feel a little fuzzy. And suddenly, I was trying to have a sense of humor about it. The character suited me quite well.
What do you mean by superficiality?
I find that I have superficiality. For example, compared to yellow vests, I have a superficiality. I don’t have a big thought. I haven’t thought much about it. And suddenly, I used that, this lack, for my character. This stupidity too. And give it to my character.
The film was shot in full confinement, how did you experience this shooting?
The period has, in my opinion, been beneficial for the film. We were very focused. We would arrive on the set, we would shoot, then we would come home, we would not go out. There was nothing else to do but work. We were right there in this closed room together. I have very good memories of this shoot.
And personally, I experienced this period of confinement very well.
I was lucky to be with my family, in nature. And in addition it was a period when I had to work on my script. So it was really perfect for me to be able to focus on my script. It was a very fertile time for me. I am a little ashamed to say this, in view of the disastrous situation we have experienced. But for me, at work, it was a period of very …