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Ensurrounded by his band of devoted, Barbara Schulz, Hippolyte Girardot, Christian Vadim, Irène Jacob, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing – joined by Pierre Arditi, Anny Duperey, Anouchka Delon, Constance Labbé, Lolita Chammah –, Pascal Thomas indicators a brand new comedy which resembles him, stuffed with fantasy, gentle and epicurean.

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The story ? That, quite simple, of Victor (wonderful Alexandre Lafaurie), professor of literature on sabbatical go away, in his forties. Deceived by his spouse, he finds himself by likelihood in his pajamas in an airport and takes the chance to interrupt away and reconnect together with his previous. Here he’s by bike, on foot and on a Vespa following within the footsteps of his former companions, all beautiful and married.

If he likes to seduce, he isn’t Don Juan however a person who loves girls, in line with Truffaut. Dreamy and elusive, he is sort of a cork on the water. Chance leads him to humorous encounters, notably together with his former Latin instructor turned burglar (Pierre Arditi) and an eccentric aristocrat who phases her personal loss of life (Anny Duperey).

No unhappy passions in Pascal Thomas nor concessions to the dictates of thought. Through this wildly free sentimental ballad, the whole lot is a pretext for probably the most literary of our filmmakers to have a good time the life that goes by and the marivaudage. In the wake of a e-book of reminiscences*, he explains why he loves comedy and the way he managed to shoot this movie on a low funds.

Point : Since the time of Zozos (1973) to immediately, how is The Journey in Pajamas, your 24e film ?

Pascal Thomas: It’s sophisticated to say, however for instance that it’s the logical continuation of the earlier ones and illustrates the identical philosophy: the style for all times and happiness, regardless of the whole lot. We should not give in to the ambient grayness. Already, with The Zozos, we escaped the darkness of French cinema on the time. We have been extra within the provinces, within the countryside, than in Paris.

To summarize: no whining, proper?

Yes, The Journey in Pajamas takes the facet of fantasy in opposition to gloom and disappointment. It’s a combination of marivaudage and vaudeville. It exalts the laughter, love and splendor of the French countryside, removed from the pessimism and individualism of our time. I quote Balzac: “I have definitely chosen the side of life, fearing complaints and boredom above all else. »

However, your laughter is always tinged with a certain melancholy.

Because it always creeps into our lives. In The Journey in Pajamas, the hero, Victor, looks back on his past and the former companions he loved, and he is necessarily melancholic, but not that much. Nothing seems serious to him.

How did the public react during previews of the film in the provinces?

I see the happy faces of the spectators when the film comes out. They look happy and relaxed and I tell myself that’s the main thing. They had a good time and the phrase that comes up most often is: “It feels good.” » Perhaps as a result of my movie escapes the ambient grayness and the diktats of the time. For me, cinema makes happiness seen and I desire to point out it fairly than the darkish facet of issues. Will all these pleasures of life, all these happiness, disappear at some point? I have no idea. One factor is definite: I do not just like the cynicism, self-righteousness and darkness that reign on social networks.

Are you want Victor, your character, unpredictable, dilettante, seductive and who goes like a cork with the movement of water?

A bit of. He is contemplative, like me, and hates violence. Like him, I’ve a style for pleasure. Seducer? you need to not exaggerate. I rowed! (He laughs.) No doubt I’m an incorrigible dilettante, which can be the title of one in every of my movies. How else can we outline an inveterate novice who hates dogmas and, no matter occurs to him, continues to have a good time fantasy, gluttony and a sure sensuality. I prefer to chortle and smile, which is, for me, a type of class.

Isn’t seduction the important driving drive of a movie?

There are two kinds of seduction: the instantaneous one in every of good-looking guys like Delon or Hugh Grant which is clear however which has disappeared from French cinema. This is why I selected Alexandre Lafaurie, who has a lovely physique. Alongside this instant seduction, there’s its reverse which performs on laughter, comedian temperament, humorous conditions. Like Bernard Menez who shot seven movies with me. He is Scapin, as quickly as he seems on the display screen, he attracts all eyes, places the viewers in his pocket. Like Christophe Bouysse who performs Anny Duperey’s butler ins The Journey in Pajamas. It is completely humorous which enchanted. He deserves to play extra, having to bartend to earn a dwelling. I took it to the previews within the provinces. It was a primary for him and folks have been excited to search out out.

In the solid, there are additionally two actresses who’ve well-known mother and father…

Yes, and they don’t seem to be “daughters of”. They are humble {and professional}. Anouchka Delon is pure, creative, modest and with lots of humor, restraint together with her surname and her father whom she loves. As for Lolita Chammah, I did not know that she was Isabelle Huppert’s daughter. She would not put her title ahead both. Simply skilled.

In The Journey in Pajamas, the characters quote Kleist, Louise Labbé, Guitry and the Greek philosophers… Where does this literary inclination come from?

Since I used to be very younger, I’ve had a style for books and I’ve a lovely assortment of manuscripts. When Anny Duperey dances a tango together with her butler, I can not assist however quote the phrase attributed to Borges: “Tango, a sad thought that is danced.” » Unlike Godard, I cite my sources.

You’re speaking a few “broke film”, that’s to say?

Low funds, which takes me again to my youth. The benefit of broke movies is that you must invent. But with out the monetary contribution of Vincent Bolloré – who admitted to me: “Your first films enchanted my adolescence” – and Laurent Dassault – who additionally performs an SNCF controller – the movie wouldn’t exist.

How do you react to what we now name the Depardieu affair?

I say it will be good to attend for justice to move earlier than pointing the finger at him. I do not perceive why so many personalities and artists are mobilizing in opposition to him and never so many to get Julian Assange out of jail who revealed important data. It appears that individuals are extra fascinated with sordid tales than on this matter which issues our freedoms. What precisely do these artists do for him? Nothing. They desire to undertake a type of ethical posture in opposition to an actor who has been adored.

“A Journey in Pajamas”, in theaters.

* Read: “Pascal Thomas, memories in a mess”, anecdotes collected regardless of himself by Alain Kruger and Jean Ollé-Laprune (Ed. Séguier)