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CINEMA – She dots the “i’s”. Valérie Lemercier replied to Michel and Claudette Dion who knocked out his last film Aline, true-false biopic on Celine Dion. Siblings were invited in the canadian show The week of 4 Julie presented by Julie Snyder on Tuesday 23 November, and denounced the lack of realism of the feature film.
Contacted by Press this wednesday 24 november, Valerie Lemercier said: “I don’t want to apologize for making this film because I like it, this film”.
“From the order of the imagination”
On Julie Snyder’s show, Claudette Dion said: “My mother never spoke like that to René, and Céline never wanted for anything. We pass for a gang of Bougon. I’m sorry, but in Charlemagne, we didn’t have a cabin, and the house was always clean. We always say that we have never known misery because mum knew how to do everything and dad had three jobs ”.
Critics to which Valérie Lemercier responds by recalling that her film is a fiction. “It is said at the beginning of the film: there are things which are not true, which are of the order of the imagination of Brigitte Buc and I, who wrote the scenario”, she indicates to Press.
She concedes that some parts of her film do not correspond to reality. “Yes, it’s true, we didn’t ask [Céline Dion] in marriage by putting a diamond ring in her ice cream in Italy, but that’s a pretty story ”. She specifies that when you shoot a film, “you have to make choices”.
“Create the buzz”
If the comments of Michel and Claudette Dion were not tender, Valérie Lemercier does not say that she is hurt, but rather surprised: “It’s funny that it creates a controversy when there has been so much free and malicious mockery which have been said about Céline, about her marriage, over the years ”.
The director was also surprised that journalist Julie Snyder, who had enjoyed the film, invited Celine Dion’s family to criticize it. She believes that it was above all about “creating a buzz. It’s his job. To each his own job ”, she told Press.
Valérie Lemercier was to give an interview to Julie Snyder on her show The week of 4 Julie Wednesday night. She finally withdrew.
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