Tonight on TV: If you liked Lost Illusions, you should like this dark comedy – Cinema News

Tonight on TV: If you liked Lost Illusions, you should like this dark comedy – Cinema News
Tonight on TV: If you liked Lost Illusions, you should like this dark comedy – Cinema News

Every day, AlloCiné recommends a film to (re)watch on TV. Tonight: a brilliant fable about ambition carried by Karin Viard.

A story of love and betrayal between an editor and a young author she wants to publish, such is the program of Les Ambitieux, a succulent black comedy that Arte is broadcasting this Wednesday evening. Released in theaters in 2007, this scathing feature film that plunges Karin Viard and Eric Caravaca into the world of publishing is funny, spirited, acerbic, as light as it is profound… Hard to resist!

With The Ambitiousdirector Catherine Corsini, who finds Karin Viard eight years after The New Eve, signs a film “which would be of the order of the fable on ambition.” And by painting the portrait of an ambitious young man, played on screen by Eric Caravacait necessarily summons heroes from literature.

“Yes, Julien is driven by my attachment to the heroes of 19th century literature, which tells the story of the rise to Paris of young provincials.”notes the filmmaker. “The reality may be quite different today, but in these books, Paris is represented as the city where anything can happen, or at least the city where you have to go if you want to succeed.”

“I had just adapted a novel for the cinema (with the film The Passenger, based on The Midland Road by Arnaud Cathrine, editor’s note)I had frequented this literary circle a little“, complete Eric Caravaca. “So I thought about it all again and reread it a little bit Balzac. Lucien Rubempré, the Balzacian hero of Lost Illusions, (adapted for the big screen in 2021 and winner of 7 Césars, editor’s note) was not far from my mind. I don’t know if I was really thinking about Balzac when I was acting, but everything you read leaves a trace, opens up an imagination that is essential for an actor. It’s beautiful material.”

“Filming writing like Clint Eastwood films boxing”

“I like comedies. I like melodramas.”declares Catherine Corsini. “I really wanted to find Karin Viardbut I wanted to offer him a role that would fit him like a glove and that would explore other paths than those we had traveled together in The New Eve. I wanted to make a real film about a couple. A couple of actors, a couple of lovers. I wanted a contemporary comedy that had both lightness but also depth and gravity on the themes of power, legitimacy, commitment.”

It should be noted in conclusion that Catherine Corsini had an amazing reference for the scenes showing Julien in the middle of writing his novel. “The reference is a bit pretentious, but I had seen Million Dollar Baby of Clint Eastwood and I said to myself that I would have liked to film writing as he films boxing: as something dynamic and alive”she says. “I wanted to show that writing is not just an abstract exercise but an effort, a concrete work. The brain is a muscle and thinking is gymnastics, training.” Ambitious, right?

Tonight on Arte at 8:55 p.m.

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