Wednesday, it's reconfinement, on Netflix and with Dany Boon

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(AFP) – Will you take a dose of confinement? Dany Boon’s latest film, “8 rue de l’Humanité”, a humorous chronicle of the life of a Parisian building during the first wave of the pandemic, lands on Netflix on Wednesday.

The northern star who exceeded in 2008 the 20 millions entries with “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis”, the biggest success in France for a French film, tackles this time when our lives changed, in March 2020.

With his favorite weapon, self-mockery: Boon stages himself as a hypochondriac, always armed with a thermometer. “No less than a meter!”, He warns as soon as he meets a neighbor on the stairs, where he stores his groceries awaiting disinfection.

We meet also in this choral film (duration 01 H 39) a disheveled biologist obsessed with the quest for a vaccine (Yvan Attal), children, sponges of their parents’ anguish, or even a young couple (Tom Leeb and Alison Wheeler) no longer living except through social networks.

François Damiens plays a wealthy and proud owner, and Liliane Rovère (“Ten percent”, “Family Business”), the owner of a bistro at ground floor, which had to close its doors. These inhabitants of the same building are caught in the throes of the first confinement, which exacerbates their neuroses but also stimulates their creativity and, ultimately, their humanity.

– “Incredible situation” –

Besides “8 rue de l’Humanité”, confinement has inspired a few works: Flavie Flament wrote “L’Etreinte”, a love story about this moment when you had to choose to confine yourself – or not – with the loved one; Amazon Prime put online “Connected” a year ago, another comedy with Stéphane de Groodt, Audrey Fleurot or Michaël Youn …

Four waves of Covid later in France, it took the king of popular and unifying entertainment to dare to put on the table this subject which no one a priori wants to hear about. Dany Boon wrote it himself in full confinement, with his partner Laurence Arné, who plays a lawyer juggling between family and professional constraints.

During this period, instead to “transmit our anxieties to our children (…) we said to ourselves + we are rather going to write a good story with the confinement and the pandemic +, this incredible situation that we have all lived”, relates Dany Boon, 55 years, to AFP.

“There are beautiful things that have happened”, adds he explained, explaining that he wanted to “tell them, and also convey emotion through a social and human comedy”.

– On Netflix then on TV –

Because of confinement Dany Boon also wanted to show the best, he who is delighted to have “met (his) neighbors, to have suddenly taken an interest in what they were, in what ‘they were doing, to meet people for who they are. “In that sense, there have been positive things. It is important to talk about it to entertain and move.”

“For my generation, quite privileged, the health crisis is the first hard thing of our life “, replies Laurence Arné, 20 years. The confinement “is an event that will have marked our generation, there is a kind of solidarity between us all through this difficult experience”.

Film of an era, “8 rue de l’Humanité “is also used by the mode of distribution chosen. “Netflikche” (“Netflix” with a northern accent) is “a complementary medium to cinema” assures Dany Boon. “The film will be released everywhere, in more than 200 countries (…) and, for those who do not have Netflix, it will be shown on a big TV channel, terrestrial, in a few months “.

For the platform, which promised to make 2021 l year of “creative and cultural anchoring in France”, with proposals “unifying” and “general public”, Dany Boon is a good catch, while the contribution of platforms to French creation is at the heart of the concerns of the world the cinema.

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