La Fete des Meres- Mother’s Day in English is director Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar's latest film. The trailer was unveiled on May 23 across theatres in France. The comedy stars Audrey Fleurot as mother-president of the Republic, a Vincent Dedienne as a mother's son and a Clotilde Courau disconcerted by her pregnancy. For her film, the filmmaker has surrounded herself with a four-star cast composed of Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Courau, Olivia Cote, Pascale Arbillot, Jeanne Rosa, Carmen Maura, Nicole Garcia, Vincent Dedienne, Marie-Christine Barrault, Pascal Demolon , Gustave Kervern and Noemie Merlant.
Motherhood has already had some remarkable faces in the cinema. The director chooses to approach the theme through the genre of the choral film. Marie-Castille Mention Schaar said in an interview to Archworldys that the choral film was the ideal genre for approaching life. Life begins when we come out of our mother’s womb. And we all have a unique, complex, rich relationship with the one that brought us into the world. Marie needed this wealth, this profusion of characters who, like in life, can only cross each other for a moment. And in life, there are smiles and tears. When making a choral film, the question of the casting, often 4 stars, quickly arises. What always guides Marie in a casting is the correspondence between a character and an actor. Nothing else, nothing more.
The filmmaker has already, from different perspectives and more or less directly, addressed maternity whether in Bowling or in Heaven will wait in which the maternal glance is precious. Is this an angle that is particularly important to her? She is particularly moved by the struggles led by women, one also puts one’s own experiences into their movies. What about Mothers Day? Marie says that you cannot write a film about relationship to filial duty and motherhood without putting a little bit of the girl and the mother that you are. So, even when a female president of a country becomes a mother; in many ways she is no different than other mothers when it comes to handling the everyday chores. To stage a woman president of the French Republic as the mother is brave indeed.
The film opens on May 24, 2018 at UGC Cine Cite les Halles, 7 Place de la Rotonde, Forum Des Halles, Niveau -3, 75001 Paris
For details, visit: www.ugc.fr
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the film.