CINÉ RELEASE – He had become known at the turn of the century through his action films: Dobermann (1997), a black and violent thriller, and Blueberry, the secret experience (2004), adaptation of the famous comic strip, both with Vincent Cassel. Director Jan Kounen changes gears and gets into comedy for the first time with My cousin (this Wednesday, September 30 on the screens), including Vincent Lindon and François Damiens share the spotlight.
We cannot be more opposed than the two. Pierre (Vincent Lindon) is the accomplished CEO of a large family group. He is a go-getter who lives and manages at 100 miles an hour, a businessman obsessed with success who does not realize either the disastrous image he gives of him or the psychological damage his behavior has on others. He lives locked in his bubble but, contrary to appearances, he is neither bastard, nor selfish, neither pretentious, nor mean.
François Damiens, sweet idealistic dreamer
One day, on the verge of signing the deal of the century, he must settle one last formality: obtain the signature of his cousin Adrien (François Damiens), who owns 50% of his company. This sweet idealistic dreamer who connects blunders and clumsiness is the opposite of Pierre and seems to live in another universe.
If, like him, he has money, he is someone sensitive, always in the affect who, failing to be loved by humans, dialogues with plants and moves in electric motorcycle to protect the environment. He has an intense inner life but comes out of a psychiatric clinic and suffers from not being able to renew family ties, especially with his cousin Pierre, whom he sincerely admires.
A hectic business trip
So, when Pierre asks for his signature, Adrien is overjoyed. But he’s so happy to find his cousin that he wants to hang out with him and drag things out. Pierre therefore has no choice but to embark his cousin on a more than eventful business trip, where his patience will be severely tested …
Without spoiler the end, we see immediately that the film is a feel-good movie with happy end – in good French: an optimistic film that ends well. “As modern as it is, I find My cousin a little vintage side which delights me enough “, explains the director. “When I watch it, I have the impression that it is a film that I would have liked to see on a Sunday evening on TV with my parents. Because it makes us travel and laugh.”
In line with The big mop
It is, he adds, “an original story, built around two types who cannot stand each other but who must be together, played by two great actors who are very different from each other. My cousin is in line with The big mop and of The Bully“.
Like De Funès / Bourvil or Lino Ventura / Jacques Brel (or the couple Gérard Depardieu / Pierre Richard in the comedies of the 80s The Goat, The Friends and The fugitives), François Damiens and Vincent Lindon form an unprecedented duo in this buddy movie where their differences overlap as the story unfolds. François Damiens is used to the roles of clowns (The world is yours as a nice asshole, The Forgotten Prince a foil to Omar Sy, recently) but also knows how to be moving when needed (Take me out of a doubt, with Cécile de France), like all the great comic actors – the reverse being rarer.
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> Take me out of a doubt: François Damiens and his two fathers
Vincent Lindon rarely has the opportunity to laugh or make people laugh, as shown in his entire career and his recent films (The apparition in the mystical genre, In war in the social film category, Last love in disillusioned Casanova).
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But, here, he wanted to change register, like Jan Kounen, and explore the world of romantic comedy. “After ten years of societal films and serious roles, he wanted an exuberant character in a comedy”, explains the director, who emphasizes his involvement in the film. “Vincent, who never does things by halves, is 100% invested in the story. He participated in the writing of the screenplay and that of the dialogues, and not just for his own role.”