Box 1 Valentine & Cie

A little comment on Valentine & Cie
Back to Châteauneuf du Pape and the magnificent department of the Vaucluse.
Small villages, vineyards, castles...
You asked me so often to interpret Valentine again and, as you, I am very fond of her.
Another collaboration with the authors of “La Vie au Grand Air » (Sophie and Nicole) and the second film made with my friend Patrice Martineau.
A little allusion to my origins...
Corinne Touzet
After having dreamt all her life of marrying her Prince Charming, Xavier de Peyrac, Valentine fell in love with his younger brother Grégoire (Valentine 1), and, since six months, lives with him on the magnificent estate, well-known for the quality of their wine and their family fortune.
The story starts off all rosy. Valentine is happy and wants a baby. Jessica, future bride of Xavier de Peyrac (Grégoire’s elderly brother) prepares feverishly a double marriage, Valentine’s with Grégoire and hers with Xavier. The further Jessica goes in her countdown – D-14 my love – the more psychosomatic problems Xavier has.
« Vava » has not changed; she is still very exuberant and unpolished, despite all the lessons of good behavior, posture and language received from Grégoire in the first movie... It often aggravates Grégoire... but he finds her irresistible just like everybody else because of her good humor, her generosity and her implacable popular logic.
Everything will be turned upside down when someone rings the bell of the castle. Naéma, from African origin, arrives with her son, Momo, eight years old, who runs in the arms of Grégoire, whom he calls daddy.
Valentine feels betrayed and leaves the castle to live with her friend, Nadège, who owns the hairdressing parlor, « Starlook » situated in the centre of the village.
During that time, Alain Ducher, star oenologist, tries to persuade the Peyrac brothers to fiddle with their wine so as to give it a taste equal to all the others and be able to export it around the world. Grégoire and Xavier are tempted because, by favoring the rural aspect and classical production of their wine, they are faced with enormous costs and little return on investment. Valentine, however, made a commitment to Father de Peyrac (who passed away recently) to perpetuate and maintain his wine and she opposes herself fiercely to this decision!
In the meantime, the village is forced to close down its school because there are too little children…and the mayor calls upon Valentine to find a solution... Valentine will fight with all her means and with her usual energy she will try and convince the school inspector to review his decision. Vava, therefore, needs to find families with children who want to come and live in the village. But where, and who???
Xavier’s wedding present for Valentine comes just at the right moment. He found her cousins who live in Martinique and decided to bring them over.
Valentine is flabbergasted when she finds out, together with everybody else, that her family is…Black !
Will the school close down ?
Will that horrible Ducher be able to persuade the de Peyrac?
Will this marriage, which terrifies Xavier, take place?
What will become of Hugues and Louise, Valentine’s cousins?
But most importantly: who will conquer Vava’s heart????
Answers to all these questions will be found in the beautiful sceneries of the “Vaucluse” and its olive trees, Châteauneuf du Pape and its vineyards. They will serve as the settings for this sentimental comedy in the same line as Valentine 1.
Valentine & Cie will make us laugh, smile, cry with its characters full of tenderness and authenticity.