Cinema: “the impossible love equation” by Nicole Garcia

(AFP) – A “love story that goes wrong”: with “Amants”, in theaters Wednesday, Nicole Garcia signs a film in the form of a romantic thriller, imbued with classicism and themes that are dear to her: existences that rock and devouring passions.

“Amants” features a couple of young Parisians, Simon, dealer, and Lisa, apprentice in the restaurant business, united by a fusional love since adolescence.

Pierre Niney, seen this year in “OSS 117” where he gives an old shot to Jean Dujardin and as a paranoid civil aviation investigator in “Black Box”, lends his face to the first, the Franco-British Stacy Martin to the second.

After a tragedy, Simon will have to disappear to be forgotten, abandoning Lisa. They find themselves, years later, by chance … on a beach in the Indian Ocean.

Helped her out in a luxury hotel, she is married to a wealthy insurer (Benoît Magimel), who provides her with a comfortable lifestyle and would do anything not to lose her. But the former lovers have not forgotten anything about their first passion.

The story, in three acts, “makes me swing in a genre that I love: the noir novel, a kind of contemporary tragedy,” Nicole Garcia told AFP in Venice, where the film was presented in 2020.

“I have always liked to tell the fears that I have in me, I exorcise them by telling them in the films, like a danger which arises around the characters even if nothing happens”, she added. .

In the film, “there is a trio that is formed and we know that the love equation is impossible, they go to a dead end and everyone will find the way to try to get out of it”, continues Nicole Garcia. .

This classic plot of the love trio, the director of “Place Vendôme” or “The adversary”, adapted from Emmanuel Carrère, chooses to show it rather from the point of view of the young woman, who struggles to have taken on her destiny.

“I have always made films where female characters are (…) afraid of men, of being humiliated by men, of being forced by them, in an abuse that can take many faces”, before find their way, she remarks.

Arrival from Algeria in France as a teenager, Nicole Garcia began on the boards, then on the big screen as an actress, before moving on to directing. “Lovers” is her ninth film as a director.