“Madame de Sévigné” comes back to life on the big screen at the castles of Grignan and Suze-La-Rousse

In the Drôme, filming for the movie “Madame de Sévigné” is coming to an end. The film will on screen translate the relationship between the 17th-century marquise and her daughter, the Countess of Grignan. Two women, embodied by Karin Viard and Ana Girardot, respectively, with vastly different hopes and life paths. Behind the camera, director Isabelle Brocard will not settle for a simple period film. She will also question the present era through the life of the famous letter writer. Drôme will be in the spotlight since nine of the thirty – three day recordings took place there, with scenes in Grignan, the castle where the awning died, at the castle Suze-la-Rousse, but also in Cornillon-sur-l ‘Where is.

A mother-daughter relationship that still resonates today

We know a little about her, while through her we know a lot about the 17th century – Isabelle Brocard (director)

“We know a little about her, while through her we know a lot about the 17th century” analyzes Isabelle Brocard. In the courtyard of the Château de Suze-La-Rousse, she awakens the awning back to life, which has become famous because of its epistolary relationship with its daughter, the Countess of Grignan. A twenty-five year long relationship, which is the core of the film’s subject: “The idea was not at all to make a period film to be wrapped up in something that would have smelled a bit of mothballs. No, on the contrary, it’s really to get modern issues to resonate, that is, women’s independence, the opportunity for , that they have or should not choose this independence“explains the director. And for this, Madame de Sévigné and Madame de Grignan are characters who are preferred, because of the mother’s authorship, but also because of their destinies, their life choices. The film is ultimately a form of portrait reflection between a mother and her daughter, an independent woman, and another more submissive patriarchal model of her time.

She was a feminist woman in a century where women had no freedom – Karin Viard (actress)

“She is a character that interested me a lot because she is a female character who has other struggles than her mother, but who defends a certain femininity, a power of love and desire to accompany her husband and his family in his quest , which is in contrast to Madame de Sévigné, who demanded independence “overcharges Ana Girardot, who embodies the Countess of Grignan.

Of the thirty-three-day recordings, nine were entirely devoted to the Drôme
Of the thirty-three-day recordings, nine were entirely devoted to the Drôme © Radio France
Delphine Marion Boulle

She shares the poster Karin Viard, who plays the role of the awning : “she was a feminist woman in a century where women had no freedom, at most independence, and she raises this independence like a banner” says the actress. The film also resumes and above all her own life, or “how a woman like Madame de Sévigné, therefore an awning, becomes a writer through the letters she writes to her daughter, which are full of poetry, poetry, passion. It is the birth of a writer, the confidence of a woman and the whole very modern “ explains Karin Viard.

Follow in Madame de Sévigné’s footsteps

Over the course of nine days, the team gradually invested, Grignan castle where Madame de Sévigné died and where she is buried, then Cornillon-sur-l’Oulebefore moving on Suze-La-Rousse Castle. For director Isabelle Brocard, filming in Madame de Sévigné’s footsteps was crucial. “Château de Grignan was completely rebuilt, a bit identical in the 20th century, so it was not a story of the soul or anything else. It was more the light of the south, this kind of minerality in this castle. There was something. That, for me , should be told there “ she explains.

It’s also a chance, an “extraordinary” moment to have access to these monuments, says Karin Viard, “What’s quite wonderful is actually being able to walk around certain castles that were supposed to be mine, like this, it’s absolutely extraordinary” says the actress.

“Madame de Sévigné” will be discovered in a year, in dark rooms.

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