Viens je t’emmène

Nobody’s Hero
The news of a terrorist attack in Clermont-Ferrand in France catches Isadora and Médéric in bed. Médéric, a likeable, unassuming man in his mid-thirties, has fallen head over heels in love with the older, married sex worker Isadora. The attack brings their lovemaking at the Hotel de France to an abrupt end. The city is in turmoil. Sélim, a homeless young man of Arab origin, is given money and shelter by Médéric. But then the latter begins to suspect that Sélim might have been involved in the attack, and calls the police. In the meantime, Isadora’s husband turns up and starts to feel jealous. And so it is that Alain Guiraudie’s lively and sometimes turbulent carousel of characters begins to spin.
Partly serious and partly satirical and witty in tone, this is a film about impossible love, the paranoia of society and neighbourly solidarity. Topics such as body image, age, religion and sexual orientation are also broached in a wonderfully casual way. The more individuals who come into play, the more unpredictable and surprising the plot becomes and, although it may sometimes veer towards the absurd, it always treats its unusual characters with a lot of love.
by Alain Guiraudie
with Jean-Charles Clichet, Noémie Lvovsky, Iliès Kadri, Michel Masiero, Doria Tillier, Renaud Rutten, Philippe Fretun, Farida Rahouadj, Miveck Packa, Yves-Robert Viala
France 2022 French 100’ Colour World premiere

With

  • Jean-Charles Clichet (Médéric)
  • Noémie Lvovsky (Isadora)
  • Iliès Kadri (Sélim)
  • Michel Masiero (M. Coq)
  • Doria Tillier (Florence)
  • Renaud Rutten (Gérard)
  • Philippe Fretun (M. El Alaoui)
  • Farida Rahouadj (Mme El Alaoui)
  • Miveck Packa (Charlène)
  • Yves-Robert Viala (M. Renard)

Crew

Written and Directed byAlain Guiraudie
CinematographyHélène Louvart
EditingJean-Christophe Hym
MusicXavier Boussiron
Sound DesignNathalie Vidal
SoundPhilippe Grivel
Production DesignEmmanuelle Duplay
CostumesKhadija Zeggaï
Make-UpNatali Tabareau-Vieuille
CastingCoralie Amedeo
Assistant DirectorGuillaume Plumejeau
Production ManagerDamien Saussol
ProducerCharles Gillibert
Co-ProductionArte France Cinéma, Paris
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Villeurbane
Umédia, Paris

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Alain Guiraudie

The director was born in 1964, the son of a farming family in Villefranche-de-Rouergue in the southwest of France, where most of his films are set. His most successful film to date, Stranger by the Lake, won the Best Director Award in Un Certain Regard at Cannes as well as the Queer Palm. Also a novelist, he published his debut title “Ici commence la nuit” in 2014. His film Staying Vertical screened in competition at the 2016 Cannes film festival.

Filmography

1990 Les héros sont immortels (Heroes Never Die); short film 1994 Tout droit jusqu’au matin (Straight Ahead Until Morning); short film 1997 La force des choses; short film 2000 Du soleil pour les gueux (Sunshine for the Poor); medium-length film 2001 Ce vieux rêve qui bouge (That Old Dream That Moves); medium-length film 2003 Pas de repos pour les braves (No Rest for the Brave) 2005 Voici venu le temps (Time Has Come) 2009 Le roi de l’évasion (The King of Escape) 2013 L’inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake) 2016 Rester vertical (Staying Vertical) 2022 Viens je t’emmène (Nobody’s Hero)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022