See Paris again with Virginie Efira: the radical bias of the scene of the attack

On the occasion of the release of “Revoir Paris”, with Virginie Efira and Benoît Magimel, here are five things to know about this drama evoking the attacks through the post-traumatic prism.

See Paris again of Alice Winocourt

With Virginie Efira, Benoit Magimel, Gregoire Colin

What is it about ? In Paris, Mia is caught in an attack in a brasserie. Three months later, when she still hasn’t managed to resume the course of her life and only remembers the event in snatches, Mia decides to investigate her memory to find her way back to life. possible happiness.

Witness filmmaker’s brother

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Revoir Paris is a fiction, but undeniably brings to mind the attacks of 2015: those of Charlie Hebdo but especially of the Bataclan. Alice Winocour confides: “My brother was at the Bataclan on November 13. While he was in hiding, I stayed in SMS link with him part of the night.”

“The film was built from the memories of this traumatic event, then from my brother’s story in the days following the attack. I experienced on myself how memory deconstructed, and very often reconstructed, the events.”

Psychology of Trauma

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During her documentation phase, Alice Winocour met psychiatrists who spoke to her about the notion of “diamond at the heart of trauma”. These are positive things that happen around a traumatic event (like strong bonds between people that are formed that would not have occurred without the event). The director explains:

“They also told me about the flashback phenomenon, and the disorder of “involuntary recurrent memory”, which is very different from memory and the classic flashback in the cinema. Here it is about the reviviscence of a traumatic past experience, which suddenly and involuntarily brings up mental images that invade consciousness, like a dazzle, a kind of psychic break-in.”

Presented at the Cannes Film Festival

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The film was shown in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the 76th Cannes Film Festival. Alice Winocour knows the Croisette well since she presented augustine and Maryland. She was also part of the jury for Critics’ Week in 2016.

During the bombings trial

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The filming of Revoir Paris began shortly after the start of the trial on November 13, in the fall of 2021. Alice Winocour recalls: “It was quite dizzying. When we were shooting certain scenes like that of the flowers in tribute to the victims, passers-by were moved, so much so that we had to display large “filming” signs to avoid confusion. In my head, while making the film, reality and fiction came together a lot.”

Filming the attack…

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Alice Winocour filmed the bombing sequence via radical bias. The director wanted the viewer to see only the feet of the terrorists and hear (almost) only the sound of the machine guns: “I decided to adopt the strict point of view of Mia who is on her stomach and only sees the attackers’ feet. That’s all she remembers clearly. More generally, how do you show the attack?”

“My brother told me that an attack is unrepresentable. An attack is the negation of thought, it’s impossible to show. He told me to go towards fantasy, the fantastic. Even if the memories of Mia are not consistent, with the presence of the ghosts, the victims are still there, in her head.”

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