Comedian Valérie Lemercier is aware of individuals suppose it is bizarre that she performs a personality based mostly on Celine Dion in any respect ages of her life, beginning at age 6, in her new movie, “Aline.”
After the unauthorized biopic debuted on the Cannes Film Festival final yr, journalists have been confused, shocked and entertained by the challenge. A Vanity Fair reporter referred to as it “one of the strangest approaches to a biopic I’ve yet seen.” The Daily Beast described it as wanting “like the French equivalent of a Will Ferrell movie.”
Lemercier, who is a well-liked slapstick comedian in France, stated she thinks the humor in her movie, which debuts in theaters Friday, goes over the pinnacle of those that have been important.
“The first character I wrote was a child,” stated Lemercier, who wrote, directed and stars within the film. “A thing I love to do is play children. It’s surprising for you … but in France people know that I often play small girls. It’s, for me, something funny to do. Maybe it’s a little bit freaky, I know that.”
In truth, she stated, she virtually took the bit even additional — she wished to play Aline at 6 months outdated, as a child with one tooth, sleeping in a drawer.
“My producer asked me to cut it,” she stated. “But maybe one day.”
The course of concerned digitally adjusting Lemercier’s physique and face for age appropriateness in post-production. Onscreen, it seems, as The New York Times described it, as if she has been “shrunk to Hobbit size and Facetuned into near-oblivion.”
I’m taking part in her in any respect ages, with all my physique, my palms, every little thing.
Valérie Lemercier on her function
“It’s not my own face on a child’s body,” she stated. “I’m playing it with all my body. It’s visual effects. They reduced me. I’m playing her at all ages, with all my body, my hands, everything.”
Sometimes, Lemercier stated, there aren’t any results in any respect.
“At the school I only had a big desk. … My paper is bigger,” she stated, referring to a scene that takes place in a classroom. Or “when I’m singing, I have a big microphone,” she added.
The visible results course of in post-production took six months, she stated.
Lemercier stated that to these within the U.S., the place Dion had a residency at Caesars Las Vegas for 16 years, the singer was all the time thought-about “glamorous.”
“That wasn’t the case in Quebec and in France,” she stated, the place Dion turned well-known as a baby.
“She was a little bit strange at first. At first she was like an adult. She had problem with teeth, with hair everywhere. I didn’t want to play only the glam singer. I wanted to show [the] growing pains of adolescence.”
Humor apart, Lemercier stated she additionally wished to make the movie a “tribute to Celine.” In addition to displaying Aline’s profession rise, it highlights the relationships she has together with her Quebecois household, with 14 youngsters, in addition to together with her manager-turned-husband, Guy-Claude (impressed by Dion’s late husband, René Angélil).
“I think for me, a main thing of a life, it’s love,” Lemercier stated. “Of course this story couldn’t have been without that love story. … This career couldn’t have been without that love story. [And] she fell in love very early.”
She stated she researched Dion extensively.
“I was a fan, but I didn’t know everything,” she stated. “And I became a great fan … when I spent time to read the book about her mother, her husband and about her, of course.”
Dion has not commented on the movie, which has gotten combined responses from those that know her. Dion’s members of the family spoke out towards the movie, criticizing it for factual inaccuracies, France24 reported.
“I think it’s difficult to see your own life,” Lemercier stated when she was requested about their reported response. “If I were Celine I wouldn’t go quickly to see the movie.”
But, Lemercier famous, “of course, that’s why I changed every name.” At the top of the day, “it’s not real.”
She stated she usually desires about Dion and Angélil. But if she have been to fulfill Dion in particular person, it could be “really a dream.”
She stated she would attempt to strike up a dialog by complimenting Dion’s sneakers, which might seemingly be good.
But, Lemercier stated, “I would be so shy.”