Director Arnaud Desplechin’s film, an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, follows a family torn apart by the sibling rivalry between Marion Cotillard and Melvil Poupaud.
In A Christmas fairy tale and Kings & QueenArnaud Desplechin was already exploring blood ties, again at heart brother and sister. The film is in the Official Competition of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. This is the director’s seventh selection, which we will see on May 20th on the steps of the Palais du Festival along with much of his team.
Louis (Melvil Poupaud), stormy and lonely writer, and Alice (Marion Cotillard), former rebellious teen turned actress and benevolent, no longer support each other. After a fusion youth, communication violently broke down. But her parents’ hospitalization forces her to delve into her memories, rub her still-gasping wounds, and reevaluate her relationship.
The inescapable hate
After directing some episodes of the second season of En Thérapie (2022), Arnaud Desplechin dives back into raw emotions. This time he has chosen to explore a difficult and not very rosy emotion: the hate that tears brother and sister apart. “It took me ten years to realize that hatred had taken over,” breathes Alice (played by Marion Cotillard) in the trailer.
“The film says the opposite of what the characters say,” the filmmaker said in a press release. “I’m not your sister anymore”, “I’m not your brother anymore”. Yes, you are brother and sister. The title goes as straight forward as the story. Alice and Louis don’t want to live with this idea and yet they live with it in the end. As simple as that.”
Melvil Poupaud and Marion Cotillard excel in this elegant symphony of imagery, emotion and poetry.
brother and sistera film directed by Arnaud Desplechin and starring Marion Cotillard, Melvil Poupaud, Patrick Timsit, Golshifteh Farahani and Benjamin Siksou, hits theaters on May 20, 2022.