The French filmmaker Emmanuel Mouret proposes in ‘The things we say, the things we do’ an emotional journey full of nooks and crannies
In ‘The art of loving’, Emmanuel Mouret –director, actor and screenwriter- spoke of that moment in which the human being falls in love and listens to a particular music. “For each one it is different, and it can happen to us when we least expect it,” he pointed out during the promotion of this romantic comedy prior to ‘The things we say, the things we do’, his latest proposal, now available on the billboard. Chance causes unexpected emotional conflicts in the filmography of the French filmmaker, used to dealing with emotional crises and
explore infidelity, desire, passion, disappointment or betrayal. This time it presents a woman, three months pregnant, on vacation in the French countryside, who takes her partner’s cousin home for a few days, absent from work.
While waiting for the return of the family member in common, their emotional experiences are told, opening the doors of friendship. Selected at Cannes, winner of the Lumière award for the best film of the year, in competition at the Gijón Film Festival last year, she was showered with nominations at the César awards. A total of thirteen, including best picture, director and various cast members, led by
Camélia Jordana (‘Curious’) and
Niels Schneider (‘Sybil’s reflection’).
Emilie Dequenne (‘See you up there’) won the César for best supporting actress.
Mouret, responsible for the script and direction of ‘The things we say, the things we do’, usually writes down what comes to mind in notebooks. Sometimes simple situations or story principles. To write his stories, he often uses these notes, some recent and others that go back years. “My characters pretend to be free and want to satisfy their desires with total transparency,” he relates about his obsessions as a creator. «It is something that amuses me and fascinates me. Above all, it allows me to examine our current customs and, like someone who doesn’t want it, to raise moral questions, without ever becoming moralizing ». What is not usually lacking is a certain humor in his works, dedicated to the dissection of the things of love. “It is often said that a story is about someone who has a wish and encounters an obstacle,” he continues.
Rather, I think that for there to be an interesting story, a character must have two irreconcilable desires. There is the obstacle. And that is why some love stories become fascinating, because there are two desires that cannot be reconciled, as in this movie, the desire for your partner’s cousin and the desire to be a good person.
‘The things we say, the things we do.’
“I wanted a sentimental canvas where lighter and more serious stories could coexist and I wanted everything to lead to an end that, in a sense, encompasses them all, making them resonate”, asserts Mouret. «A kind of little resonance concert. I wanted a funnel-shaped structure where the different stories suddenly condensed into one. ‘ As his career shows, he likes stories within stories. “I love them,” he emphasizes. “When two people meet, personal stories are often told, and the telling of these stories can create new ones. This is what happens to the protagonists. When I was writing, it was very exciting to go from one story to another.
I wanted to make a movie that was both very funny and very sentimental.