8 rue de l’Humanité from the director-actor of Welcome to the Ch’tis will be presented exclusively on the very popular streaming platform instead of a classic theatrical release.
Will you take a dose of confinement? Dany Boon’s latest film, 8 rue de l’Humanité, a humorous chronicle of the life of a Parisian building during the first wave of the pandemic, will land on Netflix on Wednesday.
The northern actor and director who exceeded 20 million admissions in 2008 with Welcome to the Ch’tis, the biggest success in France for a French film, tackles this time when our lives changed, in March 2020.
With his favorite weapon, self-mockery: Boon stages himself as a hypochondriac, always armed with a thermometer. “No less than a meter!“, He warns as soon as he meets a neighbor on the stairs, where he stores his groceries awaiting disinfection.
We also meet in this choral film (duration 1h53) a disheveled biologist obsessed by the quest for a vaccine (Yvan Attal), children, sponges of their parents’ anguish, or even a young couple (Tom Leeb and Alison Wheeler) living more than through social networks.
François Damiens plays a wealthy and proud owner, and Liliane Rovère (Ten percent, Family Business), the owner of a bistro on the ground floor, which had to close its doors. These inhabitants of the same building are caught in the throes of the first confinement, which exacerbates their neuroses but also stimulates their creativity and, ultimately, their humanity.
Containment, a source of inspiration
Outraged 8 rue de l’Humanité, confinement inspired a few works: Flavie Flament wrote The Embrace, a love story about this moment when we had to choose to confine ourselves – or not – with the loved one; Amazon Prime uploaded a year ago Connected, another comedy with Stéphane de Groodt, Audrey Fleurot or Michaël Youn …
Four waves of Covid later in France, it took the king of popular and unifying entertainment to dare to put on the table this subject which no one, a priori, wants to hear about. Dany Boon wrote it himself in full confinement, with his partner Laurence Arné, who plays a lawyer juggling between family and professional constraints.
During this period, instead of “transmitting our anxieties to our children (…) we said to ourselves + we are going to write a good story with the confinement and the pandemic +, this incredible situation that we have all experienced», Relates Dany Boon, 55, to AFP. “There are beautiful things that have happened», He adds, explaining that he wanted«tell them, and also convey emotion through a social and human comedy“.
First Netflix then television
Because of confinement Dany Boon also wanted to show the best, he who is delighted to have “met (his) neighbors, to have suddenly become interested in who they were, in what they were doing, to meet people for what they are“. “In that sense, there have been some positive things. It’s important to talk about it to entertain and move“.
“For my generation, quite privileged, the health crisis is the first hard thing of our life», Replies Laurence Arné, 39 years old. Containment “is an event that will have marked our generation, there is a kind of solidarity between us all through this difficult experience“.
Film of an era, “8 rue de l’Humanité»Is also by the mode of distribution chosen. “Netflikche“(“Netflix“With northern accent) is”a complementary medium to cinema»Assures Dany Boon. “The film will be released everywhere, in more than 200 countries (…) and, for those who do not have Netflix, it will be broadcast on a major TV channel, terrestrial, in a few months.“.
For the platform, which promised to make 2021 the year of “creative and cultural roots in France“, With proposals”unifying” and “General public», Dany Boon is a nice catch, while the contribution of platforms to French creation is at the heart of the concerns of the world of cinema.
8 street of humanity by Dany Boon, in 2021, with Dany Boon, François Damiens, Laurence Arné, Yvan Attal …