The Festival Fiction La Rochelle is held from September 13 to 18 and offers 41 unit fictions and series in competition in preview. On the spot, we had a crush on Touchées, the first realization of the actress Alexandra Lamy, in competition among the 10 unitaries, and a real masterstroke.
The nice surprise with Affected
Alexandra Lamy presented this year at La Rochelle TV Fiction Festival his film Affected, unit in competition. A great discovery that this story which follows Lucie, who has just moved to Anduze with her son Léo, to flee her violent ex-spouse. By participating in an original group therapy based on sport, she will forge a sincere friendship with Nicole and Tamara. Three women, three fights, a single objective: to break free from the past. Scripted by Solen Roy-Pagenault, the fiction is adapted from the eponymous comic strip by Quentin Zuttion. With Mélanie Doutey (Lucie), Claudia Tagbo (Nicole), Chloé Jouannet (Tam), Andréa Bescond (Eva) and Elsa Lepoivre.
In powerful staging, Alexandra Lamy shows how sport, and in this case therapeutic fencing, helps with resilience. She manages to make these bruised women, whose bodies remember the traumas, very touching. The director becomes attached to three of them and modestly films the journey of these women who live with fear in their stomachs, suffering and anger on edge. Thanks to the therapist Eva and the fencing master Olivier Serwar, Lucie, Tam, Nicole and their sisters in arms will succeed in daring to free their words, put words to the pain, overcome their trauma and their guilt. They will regain confidence in themselves and in others. And a new strength that will allow them to gently take care of themselves and make decisions for their survival.
Alexandra Lamy upsets by her way of filming the evolution of the breath of the heroines. The breath that is missing, the one that is blocked, the one that prevents the rage from coming out and finally the one that they will draw from within and thanks to each other. There is a lot of benevolence and authenticity in Affected. In addition to the quality of the fiction, this is undoubtedly also due to the strong ties between the director, her daughter Chloé Jouannet and her friend Mélanie Doutey. As well as the presence in the casting of Andréa Bescond, whose story we know via Ticklesand which makes his character even more realistic. We would not be surprised if Affectedpoignant fiction of sisters in arms, wins a prize at the La Rochelle TV fiction festival.
Affected will be broadcast on TF1 on September 22.