Huppert and Poelvoorde star in My Worst Nightmare
by Fabien Lemercier
On Monday, shooting started in Paris on Anne Fontaine’s twelfth feature, My Worst Nightmare.
This romantic comedy stars French actress Isabelle Huppert (currently on screens in Copacabana [+see also:
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Poelvoorde is teaming up with the director for the third time, after In His Hands [+see also:
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Co-scripted by Fontaine and Eric Mercier, the film traces the twists and turns of an unlikely encounter. When she takes in Tony, her son Adrien’s best friend, Agathe (Huppert) doesn’t realise that her life will be turned upside down.
Behind every child, there are always the parents, in this case a father with no job security, Patrick (Poelvoorde), who is as coarse and brazen as Agathe is cerebral and self-composed. Patrick, who is initially hired to do some work on the house, ends up doing much more: having indirectly caused Adrien’s father to run off with his social worker, he takes over the role of man of the house.
He thus sweeps Agathe up in a merry existential chaos, which may free her from herself.
Winner of the Jean Vigo Award in 1993 for Love Affairs Usually End Badly, Fontaine went on to win the Golden Osella for Best Screenplay at Venice in 1997 (for Dry Cleaning). She took part in competition at Locarno in 2001 (How I Killed My Father [+see also:
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Produced by Philippe Carcassonne for Ciné@ in collaboration with Maison de Cinéma, F.B Productions (Francis Boespflug) and Belgium’s Entre Chien et Loup, My Worst Nightmare also has co-production support from Pathé and M6 Films.
The 11-week shoot will take place entirely in the Paris area (except for three days in Belgium) until November 30. French distribution and international sales will be managed by Pathé.
(Translated from French)
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