The game The package will be adapted for the cinema by Anne Émond. The author, Catherine-Anne Toupin, who is signing the screenplay, reprises her role, as do Guillaume Cyr and Lise Roy. Report on our visit to the film set in the Bolton area.
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“I’ve always wanted to do films, but when I left drama school there was no place for women. I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to write a screenplay. »
“Suddenly we want to hear each other! », Kicking off with her usual impetuosity Catherine-Anne Toupin, author and screenwriter of The package.
As baby-sitter and vanishing lines, The package is a contemporary play written by a woman and brought to the cinema by a woman, in this case Anne Émond (Nelly, young Julia).
Filming for the psychological thriller was in full swing this week in the Bolton area of the Eastern Townships. At the end of a winding forest road, the team found one of the film’s main characters, a large, somewhat dingy house (reminiscent of the one in the film). Misery, rightly remarked Catherine-Anne Toupin).
In this house lives a man named Martin (Guillaume Cyr) with his aunt (Lise Roy). They will rent a room to Sophie (Catherine-Anne Toupin), who has just lost her job. In shock, she decided to flee far from home…
What this summary doesn’t say is that The package explores the vicious cycle of violence and loss of mind control. It was relevant when the play was shown at La Licorne in 2018 and probably even more so today. “We send each other #lameute articles every week,” says Catherine-Anne Toupin.
The latter prefers to reveal as little as possible, but knows that an amazing complicity will develop between Martin and Sophie. “I wanted to do something other than theatre,” emphasizes Catherine-Anne Toupin. Telling essentially the same story, but in a completely different way. »
It is not irrelevant whether the author quoted Stephen King’s classic misery For reference. Through customization The package in the cinema she wanted to fully exploit the codes of the thriller with all the fear, the moments of high tension, the reversals and the associated final “slap in the face”. “For those who have seen the play, we know a lot more about the characters,” she adds.
Director Anne Émond
Catherine-Anne Toupin knocked on the door of the KO24 box about three years ago, says Louis-Philippe Drolet, who co-produced the film with his partner Louis Morissette and Max Films’ Félize Frappier. “We quickly saw the potential behind closed doors and the topic that was so topical. »
“We wanted the film to be worn by women,” continues Louis-Philippe Drolet.
In pre-production, Catherine-Anne Toupin met a dozen directors. “When I met Anne, who had been invited to read a first draft of the script, after 15 minutes I saw that she had caught all the little details and nuances […] I knew it was her. »
I hadn’t seen the play. When I read the script, I went full throttle for the thriller.
However, the director did not expect that Catherine-Anne Toupin would directly offer her to direct the film. Anne Émond had never directed a feature film for which she had not written the screenplay.
In addition, Catherine-Anne Toupin wanted to spare the trio of actors she formed with Lise Roy and Guillaume Cyr from playing intense scenes “for the nudity of body and soul”.
Lise Roy feels blessed to be able to reinterpret in cinema a role she created in theater. She had done it for Xavier Dolan’s film adaptation of the play Tom on the farm by Michel Marc Bouchard. But as in theater, she believes viewers will identify with how her aunt character feels about everything that goes on in the house.
When we then asked Guillaume Cyr – who will not be less than 25 years olde Film – when he was about to shoot an intense scene, he would reply, “These are all big scenes! »
All craftsmen from The package talk about the final with a certain fear. “I’ll go a long way, but the two characters are endearing and complex,” adds Catherine-Anne Toupin.
The release date of The package has not yet been announced.