Director Safy Nebbou discusses the solitude of on-line existence in Who You Suppose I Am – The Upcoming

Director Safy Nebbou discusses the solitude of online existence in Who You Think I Am – The Upcoming

“Social networks and social media are by some means a substitute, a substitute for filling a void”: Director Safy Nebbou discusses the solitude of on-line existence in Who You Suppose I Am

Oliver Johnston


It has been recommended that the Berlinale’s resolution to incorporate Juliette Binoche’s most up-to-date effort Who You Suppose I Am on this 12 months’s lineup was little greater than a favour to their present jury president, who can also be the star of the movie. These suspicions are unfounded, and the movie can very firmly stand by itself two ft (that are presumably clad in designer footwear). Director Safy Nebbou’s movie is a delectably twisty affair, which asks rather a lot from the viewers in its plausibility, however which retains them guessing all through its 102 minutes. We sat down with the filmmaker at this 12 months’s Berlinale to speak about working with Binoche and the artwork of structuring a movie which depends on so many zigzags.

The movie relies upon the novel by Camille Laurens. What was it that attracted you to the story?

The start line was the novel – the novel the movie relies on, which I learn and I beloved, and was fairly profitable in France. I beloved the societal and political dimension it had. It’s, after all, a drama with humour right here and there, nevertheless it’s structured like a thriller.

A lot of the movie hinges on the character Alex’s inclination to consider {that a} 50-year outdated girl he speaks to on-line is the truth is solely 24. Had been you ever involved at how believable this level could be for audiences?

It wasn’t actually a priority as a result of all the time in life we are inclined to consider what we need to consider from others, relying on what we’re experiencing in that particular second. Alex is keen to consider that this stunning, good wanting woman is, you already know, falling for him.

Although it’s a romantic drama with some comedic parts, a lot of the movie is structured like a thriller. How did you stability these parts?

It’s one thing that’s already there within the novel, as a result of the novel is constructed like Russian dolls, one into the opposite that you may uncover little by little. It’s not a linear narrative, it’s fairly the other. It’s actually constructed in a manner that’s full of turning factors and surprises and so once I wrote the screenplay, I needed to discover the best stability, to dose in the best manner with all of the totally different parts that have been already there within the novel. So I discover myself taking part in with viewers in the identical manner that Claire is taking part in along with her psychologist, in a manner. And that was a humorous a part of it.

The movie appears to touch upon how social media can typically encourage solitude and loneliness. Do you consider that that is the case?

Sure, probably, as a result of social networks and social media are by some means a substitute, a substitute for filling a void. We are able to exhibit and say we’ve got 1000’s of buddies, however are they actually buddies, you already know, the individuals you connect with on the web? Do they actually exist? That’s the opposite query that the movie poses. It poses a collection of various questions concerning the current time.

The movie offers with Claire’s loneliness and the way that is the catalyst for her on-line deception. Was there ever any dialogue about Juliette Binoche’s appears, in that in real-life a lady along with her bodily look would in all probability obtain quite a lot of male consideration, a lot of it undesirable?

You possibly can’t actually converse concerning the look of somebody by way of the way in which she feels, and she or he herself is feeling ugly as a result of she feels ugly on the within. She’s misplaced her self-confidence and she or he’s been betrayed, she’s been humiliated. And that has little to do with the way in which a lady, a human being, feels. It has little to do with their physicality. So she is certainly stunning, however this doesn’t imply that she doesn’t really feel ugly due to what she’s experiencing. And that is why she decides to create this avatar. I feel that Juliette Binoche, on this position, could be very plausible by way of a lady that has suffered a deep break in herself, in her self-confidence.

The ending of the movie is splendidly ambiguous, and open to interpretation. Was this all the time the ending you had in thoughts?

As you stated, there are lots of totally different attainable endings for this story, and I needed the ending to be open to everybody’s interpretation. Some viewers would possibly suppose she’s going to name him again and hasn’t realized something. Others would possibly suppose that she’s going to reveal all of the tips that she’s performed. To me what was vital was to depart this sense of dizziness and uncertainty about her.

Oliver Johnston

Who You Suppose I Am (Celle que vous croyez) doesn’t have a UK launch date but. Learn our evaluation right here.

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