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Stéphane Brizé is shooting For Better Or For Worse

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- The filmmaker is reuniting with Vincent Lindon and Sandrine Kiberlain who will lead the cast of this Nord-Ouest production, set to be sold by Wild Bunch

Stéphane Brizé is shooting For Better Or For Worse
Director Stéphane Brizé, actor Vincent Lindon and actress Sandrine Kiberlain

The first clapperboard slammed today on Stéphane Brizé’s 9th feature film: For Better Or For Worse. For the 5th time, the filmmaker has turned to his favourite actor Vincent Lindon (named Best Actor in Cannes 2015 and at the 2016 Césars for The Measure of a Man [+see also:
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, César-nominated in the same category in 1993, 2000, 2008, 2010 and 2013; at his best in At War [+see also:
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and The Apparition [+see also:
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, amongst others, and touring cinemas as of 29 April in Mon Cousin) who is recreating, in league with Sandrine Kiberlain (crowned Best Actress at the 2014 Césars for 9 Month Stretch [+see also:
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, nominated another five times in 1998, 1999, 2010, 2015 and 2019 for In Safe Hands [+see also:
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; and whom we’ll be seeing in French cinemas this year via Les Deux Alfred), the duo which led the cast of Mademoiselle Chambon [+see also:
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(the winner of 2010’s Best Screenplay César). Standing tall alongside them is Anthony Bajon (named Best Actor in Berlin 2018, nominated Best New Hope at the 2019 Césars for The Prayer [+see also:
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, recently well-received in In the Name of the Land [+see also:
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and You Deserve A Lover [+see also:
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, and whom we’ll also be seeing next year in Teddy).

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Written by the director himself alongside Olivier Gorce (nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay César in 2012, courtesy of Omar Killed Me [+see also:
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, and now working with Stéphane Brizé for the third time, following on from The Measure of a Man and At War), the story revolves around 57-year-old Philippe Lemesle whose wife is in the process of leaving him. She’s going because the man she loves has slowly allowed himself to be consumed by the pressure of his job. An executive in an American industrial group who’s caught between a rock and a hard place, Philippe no longer knows how to satisfy his superiors’ demands and is running out of steam…

For the record, Stéphane Brizé has twice competed in Cannes (via The Measure of a Man in 2015 and At War in 2018), with his filmography also including works along the lines of Hometown Blue (Directors’ Fortnight 1999), Not Here to be Loved [+see also:
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(in competition at San Sebastian in 2005) and A Few Hours of Spring [+see also:
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(unveiled in Locarno’s Piazza Grande in 2012 and rewarded with four César nominations in 2013), not to mention A Woman’s Life [+see also:
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(in competition in Venice in 2016, nominated for two Césars and the winner of the Louis-Delluc Award).

Produced by Christophe Rossignon and Philip Boëffard on behalf of Nord-Ouest Films (who previously partnered up with the director on The Measure of a Man and At War), For Better Or For Worse has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+. The five-week film-shoot will unfold in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region – specifically, in Agen and its surrounds – as well as the Ile-de-France area. French distribution will be managed by Diaphana, whilst international sales are in the hands of Wild Bunch.

Nord-Ouest Films’ recent output includes In the Name of the Land by Edouard Bergeon, Amanda [+see also:
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by Mikhaël Hers and Dilili in Paris [+see also:
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by Michel Ocelot, among others, whilst their post-production slate boasts Délicieux by Éric Besnard (starring Grégory Gadebois, Isabelle Carré, Benjamin Lavernhe and Patrick Chesnais in a work which plunges us into the 18th century and into the wake of a cook who is trying to break free from his household post in order to open his own restaurant).

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(Translated from French)

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