MAKING PLANS FOR LENA
After separating from her husband Nigel, Léna tries to face life as best she can with her two children. When she goes back to Bretagne to visit her parents, she discovers that her family has summoned her exhusband and that they are all trying everything they can to make her happy, without worrying a bit about what it is that she really needs.
“Having a child helped me to confront the truth: that for the first time, I was dealing with a mother with whom I didn’t have a child’s relationship. Therefore, I observed my daughter’s mother closely and realized that I myself could adopt an incredibly male chauvinist attitude and enter into this violence directed at women that consists in accusing them of being bad mothers. This seemed to me to be a strong subject for a contemporary film. For this reason, the film clearly needed a female gaze. With Geneviève Brisac and her background as a novelist, that gaze was within my reach.”
MAKING PLANS FOR LENA
Christophe Honoré (Carhaix, France, 1970) moved to Paris in 1995 and began collaborating on various magazines, including “Cahiers du cinéma.” In 1996 he published his novel Tout contre Léo, adapted for television in 2002. In 2002, he debuted in feature films with 17 Times Cecile Cassard. After making Ma mère, based on a novel by Bataille, he wrote and directed In Paris (at the Cannes Film Festival in the Quinzaine des réalisateurs) and Love Songs, in competition in Cannes and the winner of a César for Best Soundtrack. In 2008 The Beautiful Person was screened in competition at the Festival of San Sebastian and was nominated for two Césars. He then directed Making Plans for Lena (2009) and Man at Bath (2010), both screened at several film festival such as Locarno and Torino.
Nous deux (cm, 2001), 17 fois Cécile Cassard (2002), Tout contre Léo (tv, 2002), Ma mère (id., 2004), Dans Paris (2006), Les chansons d’amour (2007), Hôtel Kuntz (cm, 2007), La belle personne (2008), Non ma fille, tu n’iras pas danser (2009), L’homme au bain (2010), Les bien-aimés (2011).
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Geneviève Brisac, Christophe Honoré
Valerie De Loof
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Chiara Mastroianni (Léna), Marina Foïs (Frederique), Marie-Christine Barrault (Annie), Jean-Marc Barr (Nigel), Louis Garrel (Simon), Fred Ulysse (Michel), Julien Honoré (Gulven), Marcial Di Fonzo Bo (Thibault), Alice Butaud (Elise), Donatien Suner (Anton), Lou Pasquerault (Augustine)
Why Not, France 3 Cinema, Le Pacte
vendita all’estero/world sales