La Presse at the 79th Venice Film Festival | Behind the controversy an interesting film

All the rumors surrounding the start of construction of don’t worry darling almost managed to overshadow the film itself. Despite what happened behind the scenes, Olivia Wilde’s feature film remains interesting. And very up to date.

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Marc Andre Lussier

Marc Andre Lussier
The press

It was the most popular event of the festival on Monday. For the first time since the publication of articles detailing a disagreement between the filmmaker and her actress (among others), the artisans of don’t worry darling answered questions from the international press. The press conference took place before the official screening as the world premiere of this out-of-competition film. Florence Pugh wasn’t there.

However, Olivia Wilde clarified that she was delighted at the thought of the actress, “a stunner,” she said, coming and spending a few hours in Venice to walk the red carpet with her. Like Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh is also filming dunes 2 In Budapest.


Florence Pugh on the red carpet don’t worry darling

I thank the production of dunes 2and in particular Denis Villeneuve to allow Florence [Pugh] come to us. I know how disruptive a shoot can be.

Olivia Wilde, Director

As for the controversy, it was tackled succinctly: “All the gossip, the tabloids, all the noise they make make the internet a fodder and I don’t feel the need to feed it. He’s already adequately fed,” she said.

The position of women

As a journalist from Hollywood reporters tried to ask a question about Shia LaBeouf, who was originally set to play Harry Styles, the moderator jumped in and said the question had already been answered. Then she enlivened the discussion about sets and costumes.

Regardless of the backroom dealings and diplomatic language in an attempt to downplay the controversy, don’t worry darling remains an interesting feature film, if only because of the parallels that can easily be drawn between the epoch evoked in history – the 1950s – and ours, especially with regard to the position of women. In that respect we can certainly see it as a social and political film.

La promotion est beaucoup axée sur Harry Styles, superstar de la musique pop qui tient ici un rôle important au cinéma pour la première fois, mais ce long métrage est d’abord et avant tout l’affaire de Florence Pugh. Cette dernière excelle dans le rôle d’une jeune femme qui tombe dans un monde en apparence parfait mais qui, sous le vernis, en cache un autre beaucoup plus sinistre. Dans cette petite communauté construite en plein désert à la faveur d’un projet mystérieux, pour lequel tous leurs maris travaillent, les femmes, entièrement dévouées à leur homme, sont tenues dans l’ignorance et doivent suivre des règles très strictes. Certains territoires leur sont carrément interdits.

« Avec la scénariste Katie Silberman, l’écriture a commencé au moment où l’on commençait à entendre parler du mouvement Make America Great Again [le slogan de Donald Trump], stressed Olivia Wilde. What exactly does that mean? We’ve thought a lot about the generations of women that have preceded us, but unfortunately also about today’s women and their freedom to control their bodies. »

Very up to date

It’s true even if the story of don’t worry darling Taking place in the 1950s, the speeches advocating a return to “traditional” values ​​are oddly similar to those being adopted today by certain ultra-conservative leaders almost everywhere in the world.

don’t worry darling is unfortunately very topical, but also timeless. I don’t think the day will come when the idea of ​​controlling someone else’s body isn’t worth fighting for.

Olivia Wilde, Director

“I deliberately gave this film a provocative aspect and I hope it stimulates discussion. However, we wanted it to be entertaining first and foremost,” added the director.

In that regard, Olivia Wilde, who offered the excellent book smartHe won his bet. The scenes of parties, gatherings in a seemingly heavenly place, those shiny old cars all coming out of the driveways at the same time, in short, the artistic direction brings back the iconography of the time in all its brilliance. We’ll also experience some unexpected twists that increase the relevance of the story. In addition to the two headliners don’t worry darling also stars Chris Pine. The latter lends his traits to a charismatic leader who directs the famous project to which all the men of the community put their expertise.

“I didn’t make my character after anyone in particular, but all leaders like this use words as weapons,” he said.

don’t worry darling (don’t worry darling) will be released in Quebec on September 23.

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