Marceau returns to age of reason in Samuell’s latest film
by Fabien Lemercier
21/08/2009 - Final preparations are underway before shooting starts on September 7 on L'âge de Raison (“The Age of Reason”), the third feature by Yann Samuell, who made an impressive debut at the box office in 2003 with Love Me If You Dare [trailer] (1.09m admissions).
This time, the director is working with Sophie Marceau, who has proved very popular among audiences this year (with 3.6m viewers for LOL [trailer] and 1.79m for Changing Sides). The cast also includes Belgian actor Jonathan Zaccaï, and several children, for the film unfolds over two time periods, with flashbacks to the childhood of Marceau’s character.
The film centres on Margaret (Marceau), a "working girl" who manages her career with steely determination. But on her 40th birthday, a provincial solicitor sends her some old, forgotten letters she wrote to herself when she was seven, the age of reason.
Re-reading them one by one, she plunges back into hidden memories that upset all her certainties and cast doubt on her life choices. For she has become the opposite of what she hoped as a child.
Produced by Christophe Rossignon for Nord-Ouest Films, L'âge de Raison will be co-produced by Belgium’s Artémis Productions, France 2 Cinéma and Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, and has been pre-bought by Canal + and Ciné Cinéma.
Shooting will last around eight weeks in September and October and take place almost entirely in the Rhône region. French distribution and international sales will be handled by UGC in association with Studio 37.
Meanwhile, Nord-Ouest’s latest production, Farewell by Christian Carion, starring Emir Kusturica, Guillaume Canet and Alexandra Maria Lara, will be launched in French theatres by Pathé on September 23.
(Translated from French)