Since November 22, Valérie Lemercier has been appearing in Noah’s ark, the first feature film directed by Bryan Marciano. So, naturally, the 59-year-old actress began promoting this new work, in which she plays the director of an association hosting LGBTQIA+ youth rejected by their loved ones. Monday, November 27, the actress stopped at Pocket TV to talk about this latest project. But, whileAline – directed by Valérie Lemercier in 2021 – was broadcast on TF1 at the beginning of November, the journalist took the opportunity to ask a few questions about this film. Because, upon its release, the Céline Dion biopic was the target of strong criticism from Michel and Claudette, the brother and sister of the Quebec star.
“They thought they could accurately find their environment, they didn’t understand that it was a fiction, an evocation of his life, that I had invented a bunch of scenes“, first replied the one who will present the 49th César ceremony next February to the magazine. And to continue, without being able to hide his sorrow: “Too bad, even if the warm welcome from the public matters more to me.“
“We look like a gang of grumps.”
Just a few days after the film’s release in theaters, Michel and Claudette Dion did not hide their disappointment with Julie Snyder on the talk show La Semaine des 4 Julie broadcast on Noovo. “It wasn’t a big success for me. I was sad. I don’t recognize the languageI don’t recognize family, I don’t recognize our roots“, Claudette began by confiding. Then, faced with a fiction that she considered too far from the truth, the singer’s sister continued: “My mother never spoke like that to René, and Céline never lacked anything. We come across as a gang of grumps.” And to conclude, to reestablish its truth: “I’m sorry, but in Charlemagne we didn’t have a cabin and then it was always clean in the house. We always say that we never knew poverty because mom knew how to do everything and dad had three jobs.“
Article written in collaboration with 6Medias.
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