Guermantes, in the shadow of the confined actors, at the cinema after the small screen


CRITICAL – In Guermantes, Christophe Honoré films the life and expectations of the Comédie-Française troupe, prevented by the Covid-19 from playing his show around Marcel Proust. An original intention for a disappointing result. This feature film is released in theaters this Wednesday, September 29 after its TV broadcast on France 5 last Friday.

In the spring of 2020, the French and a large part of the inhabitants of the planet discovered confined life. In the midst of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, many, and among them many artists, expressed their happiness with the time regained, in the countryside or not. Recipe for cookies, family board game, Netflix “binge watching” and re-reading of Proust, confinement seemed to them to be a euphoric period.

The film is not a capture of the play

Christophe Honoré shared little of this enthusiasm. In an interview with World, the writer, filmmaker and director saw nothing fruitful in this episode: “For me, this is not at all a moment of writing or of creative push. Writing is born from a desire, from an impetus, and it is then in complete freedom that one can choose to isolate oneself in order to work. There, I feel locked up, prevented. I can’t do something with this imposed time, which is poisoned time. ” The virus had cut the director in full swing. He had to go up

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