1954, Hélène (Vicky Krieps) and Fernand (Vincent Lacoste) fall in love. With him, she travels to Algiers, discovering her beauty and Fernand’s connection to her country. As Algeria and France split, their lives are turned upside down …
In the context of the Algerian war and in the form of a prayer against the death penalty, Hélier pays tribute to Cisterne Fernand Iveton, the only European to be guillotined during the conflict. Vincent Lacoste lends corpses to this young communist militant who has to plant a bomb in his factory and take care not to cause death. An attack that we will not see, on the contrary, the consequences for this rebellious man, committed, which neither the French President René Coty nor the Minister of Justice François Mitterrand wanted to pardon.
The director’s point of view is strong, without appeal … He also avoids pitfalls and heaviness by not emphasizing the melodramatic aspect and strives to best recreate the atmosphere of the time. The love story that Fernand attaches to a free, independent woman, embodied by the amazing Vicky Krieps, thus does not fail to move. The structure alternates between the moment the activist is convicted and then convicted, and flashbacks from the encounter with his companion to this famous attempt at sabotage, which will seal their fate.
A school story, but which has the quality that it is never duplicated and always teaches us more about the characters and their motivations.
Classic film (but not dusty) that reminds us that people are often crushed by the justice machine and their political counterpart.
> “Our Wounded Brothers”. From Hélier Cisterne (France). With Vincent Lacoste, Vicky Krieps, Jules Langlade … Drama. 01:35
Hélier Cisterne: “A fate anything but the track”
Genesis – “My companion, the director Katell Quillévéré, discovered Joseph Andras’ novel and pointed out to me that in addition to the very strong theme, it was about telling the story of a couple. We are with them, we follow their intimacy, their journey. “So it made sense for another couple to return to this story. So we started writing together.”
Romantic – “There’s the context of the Algerian war, but other than that I wanted Hélène and Vincent Iveton to be romantic, beautiful and above all sincere. That’s what comes out of the filmography of Vicky Krieps and Vincent Lacoste. They both have a very strong sensitivity. It was all the more necessary as they interpret simple people whose fate was anything but traced. looked like him … “
Retrospective- “The structure, articulated around flashback, was already in the book, and we kept it, because behind it there is the idea of constantly recycling something … We on our side are also trying to put a puzzle together, to get back to the different events, piece by piece. “
Vicky Krieps: “Interpretation of a Free Woman”
Preparation – “My work was less linear, more multidimensional considering that my character is from Poland. So it was more about understanding Hélène and figuring out how she manages to bear her husband’s condemnation. To prepare, I started by learn Polish. Since I live in Berlin, I already had the chance to understand this country, which is not far from mine. “
Independence – “The difficulty was mostly understanding what it meant to be a woman in the mid-1950s. Personally, I grew up with this very simple image that there was war, that the good ones won and the bad ones lost. … While in truth, the Cold War started almost immediately with various movements following one another … I concluded that during that period one should be strong.So I interpreted a free woman who acts according to her desires and does not perform without thinking about what she’s told. to do. Hélène has it in her, she has not learned to be independent. No, she is driven by this desire. “
Vincent Lacoste: “A Strange Feeling”
Awareness – “I had ideas about the war in Algeria … However, I did not know the details. It must be said that this is not the conflict we are taught most in school. I think there was a taboo about this for a long time. topic … When Hélier offered me the role, I started by reading the book that inspires him. ” by Jean-Luc Einaudi, who gave me a lot of information about this period. Finally, I met a lot of people in Algiers where we were shooting. “
Immersion – “Being in the right places where this story took place, as imprisoned, gives a rather strange feeling. It creates a special atmosphere, as one is really aware that everything really existed, in the place where one is we find, we redo, we reconstruct these scenes.Potentially it can be inhibiting!