TO THE MOVIES. ‘Les Amandiers’, a film in crisis after accusations of rape against an actor

Louis Garrel (Patrice Chéreau) and Nadia Tereszkiewicz (Stella). (©Coadic Guirec/Bestimage)

It must be said that he is accused of rape and violence in several of his female relationships. Panic in the distributor and in the producer. Nobody knew anything. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, whose partner he is, he doesn’t intend to make the film without him. Values ​​!

The director in front of the Himalayas

But here, the omerta even in the cinema has its limits. Helping the presumption of innocence, let’s see what this movie looks like anyway. And what a movie! Nothing less than an immersion in the Almond de Nanterre school (Hauts-de-Seine), at the time of Patrice Chéreau. In other words, a legend. It is this Himalayas that the Franco-Italian director addresses.

The almond method

At this school, of which she was a student (she is from the ’86/87 class), she met many actors who are famous today, especially Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Romans. She decides to make a docufiction of this experience in which she tries to show us the Almendros method.

drugs and love

Indeed, law of the didacticism of our conservatories, the Amandiers advocated an incredible energy that saw actors, students, authors, directors, audiences collide. We are in the years 1982 to 1991. The film spares nothing about the rampant circulation of drugs and its deadly consequences. Loving or at least carnal relationships are then tied in dizzying configurations.

Sofiane Bennacer as Thierry Ravel

In education, a being is at the center of all attention, it is the actor. Here there are no mega-productions, the truth is in the game and freedom. Precisely, Patrice Chéreau staged Chekhov’s “Platonov”. We are going to follow, certainly from a distance, the assembly of this piece. It is Louis Garrel who embodies the director of the centenary Tetralogy in Bayreuth. Once again, his incarnation is masterful.

Sofiane Bennacer horrifying violence…, he puts himself in the shoes of Thierry Ravel (who was the director’s partner at the time). He died of an overdose at age 28. Somewhat like an echo of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Stella is played with surprisingly sensitive wit by Nadia Tereszkiewicz.

All the other members of this promotion are reflections of an era that allowed everything, even making masterpieces.

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Practical information :
“The Almond Trees”
Direction: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
With: Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Louis Garrel, Sofiane Bennacer…
Genre: dramatic comedy.
Duration: 2h05.

Sofiane Bennacer: lightning in the pan?

This pure juice Marseillaise made his theater debut in 2018. He is 21 years old. Then it’s the television’s turn to make eyes. Logically, the big screen will take over this young talent.
It is Valeria Bruni Tedeschi who gives him his chance by offering him a first important role in the film that follows. Once again, Sofiane Bennacer is on the list of ceasables in the category of Best Young Promise of 2023. It will be short-lived, because the Academy has just withdrawn it after her accusation of rape and violence against several of her companions.
The actor proclaims his innocence, supported by his partner Valérie Bruni Tedeschi and the latter’s sister, Carla Bruni Sarkozy… However, the presumption of innocence remains.


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