“Coup of the Chance” is a French comedy in the Laquelle transparaît the Patte de Woody Allen, in the “Match Point”: these people are suitable and they move into the beautiful quarters of Paris, and there is a difference in life and coincidence.
The 87-year-old director, who often appears in his films playing a bleak, intellectual character with a biting humor and full of self-deprecation, is not on screen this time.
He leaves his place to the French interpreters: Fanny (Le de Lagenes) and Jean (Melvil Poupaud) are an upper-class couple who seem to succeed at everything. He is a sensitive man, and you sometimes feel cramped in his daily life, full of social receptions and hunting trips.
Fanny will accidentally meet her childhood sweetheart, Alan, played by Niels Schneider, a writer who lives a more bohemian life, letting herself get carried away with the flow and begin a relationship with him.
Valerie Lemercier brings a dose of fantasy by playing Fanny’s mother, who is the first to suspect their relationship and precipitate events.
– ‘Like a European’ –
Working with French actors was not difficult, as Woody Allen confirmed at the Venice Film Festival, where the film was screened at the beginning of September out of competition, explaining that interpreters could speak to him in English.
As for directing it, he said: “Only through the body language and emotions of the actors, I can tell whether they are being fair or not.”
“We had heard that Woody directed very little from his actors, and that was not the case at all,” Le de Lage added. “Woody knew very well what he wrote. Music is the same in all languages when it comes to truth.”
Filming in Europe is not the first of its kind for the New York director, who has previously set up his camera in London, Rome or Barcelona, as well as in the City of Lights, in the film “Midnight in Paris” (2011), but with the tricolor and Anglo-Saxon casting.
Woody Allen said in his film, “I felt like a real European director. I had seen all these films years ago, directed by Truffaut, Godard, Rene, and Renoir, and I wanted to belong to this group, and make films in the French language. And I did!” Venice.
A master of comedy and social satire, winner of numerous awards, Allen finds anyway on this side of the Atlantic a platform now denied in his native country.
The director of “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” or “Blue Jasmine” hardly films in the United States anymore, and theatrical success is becoming rarer.
Above all, he has become, for some, a symbol of sexual violence. Woody Allen saw almost the entire industry turn its back on him in the United States after sexual assault accusations were made by Dylan Farrow, whom he adopted as a child with his ex-wife, Mia Farrow.
However, he is not concerned or prosecuted by the courts. No investigation into his sexual assault was successful.
When asked about the possibility of filming again in his city, he joked: “I have very good ideas for New York! If some people come out of the shadows and say okay, we will finance your film (…) If people are crazy enough for that, then I’m going to make a movie in New York!