Are they in the countryside or in the countryside? In Presidents, Anne Fontaine, everything revolves around this funny question, and the moods of two heads of state who have come down from their thrones. One is called Nicolas and is particularly vengeful, the other is called François and seems more peaceful. But the call for power remains, and the countryside is sometimes cloudy, especially when it becomes electoral.
After leaving power, François left to go green, visibly free of any political ambition. In fact, he now indulges in the simple pleasures of nature by cultivating an aspiring gentleman-farmer look. This polo neck sweater, wedged between a sky blue poplin shirt and a green wool twill jacket, betrays a rustic lifestyle, and even suggests that the fireplace does not heat the house quite enough …
At Nicolas, the relaxation goes, more subtly, by the choice of the shirt, in this case a sky blue model in oxford with a button-down collar, that the experts, or the gossip, will readily designate by the anachronism OCBD (oxford cloth, button down). More relaxed than François’s shirt, more sporty too, this one, often branded by Brooks Brothers, or Ralph Lauren, is, in the United States, an iconic piece of the weekend wardrobe of Republicans and conservatives of all hair. We do not recover, even after our mandate.
Since we are in the United States, note that Nicolas also wears jeans, and that this one is equipped with a button fly. This allows us to recall that the very first jeans, marketed by Levi’s in 1873, were equipped with buttons and that it took almost half a century to see the appearance, first at Lee, of models with zippers. At the time, it was thought that these zipped models would attract more female customers.
Port of anguish
The question therefore arises: does François’ wife, played by Pascale Arbillot and named Valérie in the film, wear jeans with zip or buttons? In the absence of a firm answer (we would still happily bet on a zip), we will be satisfied to note that this one practices the famous “Hand in jeans pocket, thumb out”. If this posture often betrays the wearing of tight jeans and a pocket too compressed to accommodate the thumb, it is, for specialists in gestural analysis, the sign of a lack of self-confidence … Nicolas, him , has his thumb tucked into his pocket.