Valérie Lemercier looks back on the strange creation of Palais Royal!

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Palais Royal (Valérie Lemercier and Lambert Wilson)
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Biggest success for Valérie Lemercier as a director, Palais Royal! had a painful genesis.

Update of July 8, 2021: On the occasion of the release of Marie-Francine, First had met Valerie Lemercier to talk about the films that have marked her career, both as an actress and a director. Famous for not having the tongue in her pocket, here is what she told us about Royal Palace!, its biggest success in the cinema (it was seen by 2.7 million spectators in 2005). This comedy will be rebroadcast this evening at 9:15 p.m. on TMC. Note that the director will be on the Croisette in a few days to present Aline out of competition, within the new Cannes Première selection.

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“Claude Berri had seen my show at the Folies Bergères several times and had decided to produce my new film. It was to be called The Queen of the Belgians. Very quickly, disagreements arose so much so that one day, in full preparation, he summoned me with my agent and asked me to put the project aside. He wanted ‘a funny, inexpensive little comedy’ instead. I was stunned. In the meantime, he had offered me a role in The One Remains, the Other Part, for which he had sent me the screenplay. So I changed the cover page I wrote on, ‘And my ass is chicken! ‘, accompanied by a note to it: ‘here is a funny and cheap comedy‘. I didn’t see him for a long time… I went through a little period of depression. Fortunately, Edouard Weil had wanted to work with me for some time. He took over the project, associated with Gaumont who decided to put two authors together to correct mistakes and find gags. With Brigitte Buc, my co-scriptwriter, we were shocked: when we said of Gisèle Casadesus that she sucked strawberries, they proposed to actually show it in the following scene! But in the end, the shooting was pretty idyllic and the exit very joyful. “

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