Box 1 Maldonne

A little comment on Maldonne
 
Brittany again! Nantes is a very nice town. I had never been there.
 
A shooting which will always be engraved in my memory.
 
Meeting this little girl of 8 years old changed my life.
 
Such a beautiful script.
 
The big success of this movie boosted me a lot and gave me a lot of energy.
 
Corinne Touzet
 
 
Summary
 
That particular Summer, Sandrine Petit and her daughter, move into their new home, a nice brand new house, very functional and nearing a beautiful residence.
 
Sandrine is a beautiful woman in her forties, but her features as well as her appearance reveal her tiredness and stress. It is, of course, not easy to educate on one’s own a child with muscular dystrophy.
 
Juliette is nine years old and moves around in a wheel chair. She cannot lift anything heavier than a fork or a pencil. Her father left her and her mother when the pediatrician announced that Juliette would never be able to walk. And since the time she was able to understand why her father left, she feels guilty and has this one obsession: finding a new husband for her mother.
 
Once in her new house, she does some sort of casting of the men in her new neighborhood. Some she finds too fat, some too old, some too married… Until she meets their new neighbor: Marc Vaillant, who seems to be the ideal candidate. He is a writer and lives in the nice residence next to them. Ideal candidate…but only in the mind of Juliette!
 
In reality, Marc is a bachelor, surly and unpleasant, who does not like children and who is the brother of Sandrine’s boss, Charles Vaillant. The latter is the owner of their new house which is very functional for Juliette. He has given Sandrine a discount on the rent but, of course, wants something in return…a payment in kind.
 
Sandrine’s life, which is not easy, becomes extremely complex. She finds herself stuck between the harassment of her boss and the tricks of her daughter, who puts in place the most eccentric strategies to make her mother and Marc fall in love with each other.
 
This handicapped child teaches us all a lesson: she succeeds in changing her mother’s life for the better. Being a diligent card player, she looks at life as a card game, where every player has to make the best of it with the cards he received, even if there has been a misdeal (maldonne), as in her case.
 

Box 1 Enfant de personne

A little comment on L'Enfant de Personne
 
My third movie with Michaël Perrotta.
 
It was a long and difficult way, full of doubt too, because I had to change directors three weeks before shooting. We didn’t have enough money to finish the film when we started and the script was not totally written and approved by Channel 2...
But I decided to start shooting anyway and to find solutions as we went along.
This is the reason why we were all very very nervous and exhausted when we started!
 
Looking back today, I think all these difficulties made the beauty of the film.
 
This character was created by Laurence Kilberg, a dear friend of mine, who put a lot of her generosity and intelligence in it. A magnificent part, a magnificent movie.
 
Laurence has left us in the meantime. However I don’t talk about her in the past tense in the bonus material as it was made before her death. In first instance this annoyed me a lot, but then I realized it is better that way as an author never dies.
 
She will always be here next to me, to us.
 
Corinne Touzet
 
 
Summary
 
« L’enfant de personne » tells the story of Laura, who has a road accident and who fights back to put together again the puzzle of her failing memory...
 
Because of a tragic error, Théo, her small son, is taken to a family which is not his. It is also a harrowing confrontation between two women, victims of destiny, two women for the same child.
 
« L’enfant de personne » tells the story of the emotional reunion of Laura and Pierre who lived with her once... Maybe she got the wrong love story, but she cannot remember.