After 4 years of absence, Sophie Marceau is making a long-awaited comeback by climbing the steps of the Cannes Film Festival last May for one of the films of the official selection: the last feature film by François Ozon , Everything went well. , in theaters Wednesday September 22.
A pitch from Emmanuel Bernheim's novel
This film is the adaptation of the eponymous novel by Emmanuèle Bernheim , a long-time friend and co-writer of four of Ozon's films before suddenly disappearing in 2017.
An autobiographical story devoted to the end of his father's life, Tout se bien passed addresses the subject of euthanasia and the right to die with dignity , from the angle of forgiveness, resilience and humor.
At 85, André Bernheim ( André Dussollier ), a wealthy art collector and a very bad father, was hospitalized after a stroke. When he wakes up, depressed and unable to enjoy life's simple pleasures, he asks his eldest daughter, Emmanuelle ( Sophie Marceau ), to help him end it. With the help of her sister Pascale ( Geraldine Pailhas ), she decides, reluctantly and not without risk, to take steps to organize the assisted suicide of her father in a Swiss clinic.
A drama that makes you laugh
“ No mourner! ”André orders when boarding the ambulance which will take him to Switzerland.
This reply is also Ozon's intention when he takes up the novel: far from falling into the suffocating controversy “ For or against euthanasia? ”, We take part in the frenzied race of a bourgeois Parisian family ready to do anything to achieve the last wish of the authoritarian and megalomaniac patriarch until the end… All this in a biting, ironic, even frankly funny tone. Or the art of putting life into death.
A 5-star cast
From Catherine Deneuve to Isabelle Huppert , Ozon is used to portraying the greatest French actresses. However, there is one with whom he had dreamed of working for years and who never ceased to escape him: Sophie Marceau . With Everything went well , Ozon puts on the natural side of the actress whom the public adores, and gives her one of the most powerful roles of her career.
The prize goes to the extraordinary performance of André Dussollier (André) who takes the features of a charismatic man who loses at the same time his independence, his eloquence and his ability to play the piano, his greatest passion. The actor alternates between emotional moments and lines of humor with infinite accuracy, and delivers a simply sublime performance.
Note: the disturbing appearances of Charlotte Rampling (André's wife), which we had also found remarkable in Benedetta .