Sam Lion, an abandoned child, is one day found by showmen and brought up in the middle of the circus. However, a trapeze accident forces him to retrain. He married twice, had two children and became a business manager, a manufacturer of cleaning machines. He is rich, a true finance king.
But all that the former drummer is not happy about; his children gave birth to him, his wives, his employees annoy him, money does not bring happiness. So Sam organizes his disappearance at sea during a lonely crossing, and while his family mourns over him, he tries to regain the taste for the true values of life on the beaches of warm countries.
But you can not escape your fate. Albert Duvivier, Al, one of his former employees, recognizes him in Africa under the adventurer’s hat. He’s trying to blackmail him. But Sam takes Al under his wings, adopts him and places him at the head of his company, which he now runs through him.
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At the bottom of this film, there is an existential crisis for Claude Lelouch, who feels guilty for taking a sabbatical and for somehow betraying his passion, the cinema.
“I had become a spoiled child who denied everything he had patiently built up over many years. My script was born from this observation. I am above all an amateur filmmaker. Because I need to explode, to do things for the first time, to have fun. Yes, that’s what saves me. I’m an amateur filmmaker and a film lover. If I was a professional filmmaker by the way, I would know; maybe I would have been nominated for Césars only once. ” [Extrait d’une interview parue dans le journal “Le Matin”, le 8 décembre 1988]
In 1987, he went to the Théâtre Marigny to see Jean-Paul Belmondo on stage in “Kean”, an adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre to the play by Alexandre Dumas.
Lelouch is touched by the actor’s theatrical performance. Two days later, the two men eat together, and the director shows him all his admiration, before saying to him: “I want to write to you (…). I have the feeling that you are ready for a great adventure in the cinema “Do you give me permission to write for you?” Not only does Belmondo accept, but he also offers to be the co-producer of this film, whose script he does not really know. He only knows what Lelouch told him: “It’s a movie that will go from surprise to surprise”.
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Like Lelouch, Jean-Paul Belmondo stands at a crossroads in his life and career. He left the cinema a bit to devote himself more to the theater. Lelouch allows him to reconnect with the 7th art and offers him what will be his last major role.
Because Belmondo wants to rediscover the cinema’s great emotions. “For a while now I have wanted to get out of the job that had been mine in the cinema for years,” he explains. “At some point you have to leave the clothes in the locker room, otherwise you no longer exist. There is nothing. , but the clothes I turned a page today And god knows, if I got rid of hanging myself under helicopters, fooling around in cars. It’s over. I want there to be writers, screenwriters, writers thinking of me to other roles, other stories. ” [Entretien avec Jean-Pierre Lavoignat, juin 1988]
It is good that it is precisely Lelouch who needs him and who has made a tailor-made role for him. It will be the first time Belmondo, 55, plays the role of a man in his 50s.
“I always have to be attached to a reality all the time, even with a very thin thread,” explains Claude Lelouch in the brochure that accompanies the film. None of my films are taken from a book or from an “already existing work. In the end, it’s more of an interview film than an auteur film. I never stopped being a journalist for my fiction. ‘Itinéraire’ could have been called ‘Partir-Revenir’. J I wanted to film the complex itinerary of a man who does. do not know where to go. This is one of the themes of the film. Jean-Paul is the opposite of our organized society. Fully accessible, he arrives at an airport and can “offer the luxury of going where the planes go.”
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