Let’s start with an easy question. Can you give me the funniest movie you’ve seen?

Lucie Douard: “I was thinking about movies that I watch with my friends or things like that. But I think that any Monty Python’s movie is hilarious.” *laughs*

English teacher: “I would like to be able to give an answer as noble as Lucie’s with the Pythons. But the last film that made me, or more exactly the kind of films that make me laugh, are Philippe Lacheau’s films, like Babysitting and Babysitting 2. That’s a lot more tacky, but I’m comfortable with that.”

What’s the most frightening movie you’ve seen?

E.T.: “It would be a David Lynch movie: The Elephant Man. The story is magnificent, but I saw it when I was about eight. I had stolen the videotape from my grandparents. I was traumatized and transfixed by the enormous amount of work on the makeup. John Merrick’s appearance terrified me to the point of having nightmares. However, I saw it more recently, and it is a film that I recommend to everyone. The Elephant Man is a true work of art, like all David Lynch’s films.”

L.D.: “For me, the most frightening film was not a horror movie: it’s The Truman show. After the movie, I became paranoid, thinking someone was looking at me behind my mirror or that people were acting towards me based on a scenario. To date, when I hear someone singing a commercial jingle, I don’t feel like I’m in front of a human anymore. Personally, I think it’s not human to be a sandwichman.”

E.T.: “Coming back to The Elephant Man, it’s not a horror movie either, it’s a drama, based on a true story. To be honest, there isn’t really a horror movie that scared me. I watched Saw, and it just made me laugh.”

L.D.: “Then again, when you watch a horror film, you know what you’ve signed for.”

E.T.: “Right?”

What’s the saddest film you’ve seen?

L.D.: “It’s a movie I watched recently: Dancer in the dark. It’s extremely trying. At the end of the film, I think I was having a panic attack along with Björk.”

E.T.: “For me, it would be The Road starring Viggo Mortensen. It absolutely upset me, but really upset me. And I think it’s even more upsetting when you’re a parent yourself. I won’t spoil anything, but the relationship between the father and his son is very touching, and the ending totally shattered me. This feeling stuck with me and I could still feel it two weeks later. There you go, I just killed the mood. * laughs *

L.D.: “I understand, I am a very emotional person myself.”

What’s the most beautiful photography you’ve seen?

L.D.: “The Wild Boys. I even showed it to my friends. Visually, it is beautiful yes, but beautiful like a Bukowski’s poem. It’s disturbing and sublime at the same time. For example, the characters arrive on an island where the trees look like vaginas. It’s both disgusting and beautiful to see: it’s very confusing.”

E.T.: “I have a lot of films that come to my mind, but to take a recent example, it would be Denis Villeneuve’s film: Blade Runner 2049, which is visually perfect. He manages to recreate this futuristic atmosphere in which we can completely immerse ourselves. He shoots huge shots and extremely wide frames that make us live a more immersive experience. I would have liked the story to live up to the photography, but sadly it doesn’t.”

What’s the film that cheers you up the most?

E.T.: “Back to the Future!” *laughs*

L.D.: “Personally, whenever I hear a song of this film I go nuts: it’s Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny!

E.T.: “Oh! My brother has been recommending it to me for months! But I didn’t get around to seeing it.”

L.D.: “I watched it the first time when I was still a teenager. And since then, whenever I make new friends, I make them watch it.”

E.T.: “Well it’s the film that I have to see soon.”

What’s the film that you shamefully love?

L.D.: “I broached it sooner: shamefully but not so shamefully, I love to watch teen romance movies whenever I don’t feel too good or when I’m with my friends.”

E.T.: “Do you have any example?”

L.D.: “Kissing Booth or Sidney White, this one I used to watch when I was still in High school.”

E.T.: “A film that I’m ashamed to love… I don’t think I have one. I’m comfortable with every movie that I watch.”

L.D.: “Even an Adam Sandler movie for instance?”

E.T.: “I don’t really like Adam Sandler movies but… there’s one that I like: The Wedding Singer. Adam Sandler plays the role of a wedding singer who sings old-fashioned songs. That was one of the first films that I watched when I was in England and I watched it again and again. And after a few other films, I realized that Adam Sandler was a really bad actor… except maybe for this one.”

What’s your favorite animated movie?

E.T.: “Time Masters directed by René Laloux and designed by Mœbius. Boom! Nothing can’t beat this.”

L.D.: “Oh! I just recently discovered Mœbius’ work!”

E.T.: “Then there you go! Time Masters by René Laloux, an animated science fiction film. You can’t beat that. Mœbius is the reference when it comes to science fiction comics.”

L.D.: “So it’s also going to be an animated science fiction film: Fantastic Planet. It’s a world with blue humanoids that have their own society with their own rules and where humans are reducing to small pets.”

E.T.: “That’s a René Laloux’ movie too!”

L.D.: “It is?”

E.T.: “Yes, I saw it. Excellent choice!”

What film of the festival are you the most eager to see?

E.T.: “That would be The Nest with Jude Law. Because I’m a complete fan of Jude Law and the synopsis reminds me of Revolutionary Road starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. So, I’m expecting a family drama film. Everything is there for me to have a good time.”

L.D.: “Mandibules I guess. I just watched several Quentin Dupieux’s movies and I love his Buffet Froid kind of humor.”

E.T.: “Yes, it’s fantastic!”

 

Alison Pégand

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