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Houellebecq and Depardieu hit the health spa
Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Five years after making The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, the director and scriptwriter Guillaume Nicloux has brought the French writer back to the big screen in Thalasso, where he meets up with Gérard Depardieu at a health spa in Cabourg. Nicloux, accompanied by producer Sylvie Pialat, gave a press conference yesterday to talk about his film at which he acknowledged that it was a complex process to write a script for people who are going to play themselves. He explained that although there was a written document that served as a basis, it’s actually a hybrid format somewhere between fiction and documentary with a certain degree of improvisation. The characters do reflect their own personality and behave naturally but they also play with their public image and hide behind the fact that it’s fiction. He said that what he was really interested in was capturing moments of truth by creating communicating vessels that make it possible to play with what’s true and what isn’t


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