Spicy social comedy about family ties, directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, So close has a four-star cast including Vincent Elbaz, Isabelle Carré, François-Xavier Demaison, Audrey Dana and Omar Sy. On the occasion of the broadcast, this afternoon on France 2, of this film released in 2009, focus on its spatial setting: Les Choux de Créteil (in the southern suburbs of Paris) and its impressive towers in the shape of … Cabbage.
Les Choux de Créteil is an urban area with very specific architecture. The rounded design of its 10 15-storey towers with petal-shaped balconies is reminiscent of cauliflowers … Designed in the late 1960s by Gérard Grandval, it immediately became a symbol of architecture modern French house from the 1970s. The architect wanted the balconies then to be planted to modify the exterior appearance of the towers, which did not happen.
The aesthetic of Créteil Cabbage also finds its origin in the geographical site on which they were built: market garden land which constituted an important center of vegetable production in Ile-de-France in the middle of the 19th century. The Choucrouterie Benoist, the largest sauerkraut factory in the region, was there and logically influenced the work done by Gérard Grandval.
Knowing the place well because they have family there, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache explain why they chose to locate the plot of So Close: “It feels like on the planet Mars. It made us laugh to imagine a guy stuck in this universe, as if he had lost himself in another dimension than his. Alain (Elbaz) is hot, he smokes, he feels oppressed, he would like to run away. The tension rises, rises, rises. And after a while, the bubble bursts … “
In addition, other films take place in this urban area. Among them, La Ville-bidon, directed by Jacques Baratier and adapted from the TV movie La Décharge, sees marginal people living in a landfill opposing the inhabitants of the city (Choux de Créteil) located nearby. Comedians Bernadette Lafont and Daniel Duval play the central characters in this drama released in 1976, pointing to the social difficulties engendered by these modern constructions.
The trailer for “Hors Norms”, the latest film by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache: