Monica Bellucci and Sophie Marceau had made the show at the Cannes Film Festival 2009, to present this film rebroadcast this Sunday on television.
Update of July 11, 2021: While the 2021 Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, TF1 Séries Films is programming for this Sunday evening a film that caused a sensation in a previous edition: Do not turn around, a double-themed thriller for which the stars Monica Bellucci and Sophie Marceau had played the game to the end, playing “twin sisters” on the Croisette, first in a photocall, then on the red carpet. At the time, First had met the director Van Marina, who had confided in us some manufacturing secrets of his disconcerting work for some spectators, but original. We are sharing it here, to wait until the film is released.
Article from May 16, 2009: Do not turn around is a funny movie. A star film (Monica Bellucci and Sophie Marceau), but above all a risky film. And in the end, an unsuccessful film but not totally failed. Not totally missed because the story is sublime. Two women, one person and an unveiling. By taking up a hackneyed concept of the fantastic (two personalities of a woman embodied by two different actresses), Van Marina endeavors to never fit into the genre’s boxes and tries the psychoanalytic author’s film. Some things are really missed (the management of the physical transformations, the writing of the dialogues and Sophie Marceau), but the film is fascinating. Like the author she met yesterday afternoon.
First: We loved it In my skin because you were on the edge of genre film and autofiction. Do not turn around is radically different …
Marina De Van: No : Do not turn around is the logical continuation of In my skin. It is not the same object of investigation: In my skin told the story of a woman who invests her sensations, her body to experience reality while in Do not turn around, the heroine loses the appearances of her face and her landmarks. But the question is the same: what is alive? What is true and what is dead?
Uh … what I meant is that In my skin blurs the tracks while Do not turn around is a pure fantasy film …
I use the codes of the fantastic, but to go towards a more… realistic resolution. Unlike a genre film where you always have a supernatural instance that provides the final explanation. Here, the resolution is psychological: the fantastic feeds on our anxieties and our impulses. It seems much stronger to me to solve everything in the alchemy of a human brain. Do not turn around works more like a metaphor than a fantasy movie!
Don’t look back really deserves to be discovered [critique]
But you are no longer blurring the lines, you have chosen your side.
In one case, it was a film at 8 million francs, in the other at 10 million euros …
But have you never been apprehensive about your star cast?
Yes, I was afraid it would be a source of complications. But they trusted me blindly. I was able to do what I wanted and I never compromised on my initial project.
However, the film takes on a different dimension with two stars. The cover of Paris Match, the climb of the stairs… It also becomes a vehicle…
Yes, but you see the cinema situation today. You see where the auteur cinema is in which I am located. What hope do you have to reach an audience or to complete your film if you do not pass by there? It was an incredible chance to have Marceau and Bellucci: Do not turn around would have gone unnoticed without them. And considering their work, I have no regrets! By contacting them, I knew that I was going to invest in a universe that was not mine, that I was going to undergo the marketing and that they would give a shine to the film that would not be directly linked to my work. But what more could I ask for?
As in In my skin, it is a question of a reality that is unmasked, of an unveiling …
I’m glad you understood that! Few people see it… That’s what I liked: showing how the veils fall, and how the reality in which we think we live is inhabited by our beliefs, our affects. The film functions as a high-speed analytical journey that allows the character to come together and reconcile his dissenting parts.
But looking for an unveiling with two stars who have absolute control over their image is a great contradiction, isn’t it?
I don’t know… I asked myself the question, but I thought I felt that Sophie, like Monica, wanted to accompany me in this quest for the truth. This idea of revealing touched them as a star… It had to correspond to something they wanted: in the end, they have fake skin all day after all.
The trailer for Do not turn around :