THE LITTLE BEDROOM
(LA PETITE CHAMBRE)
Starring Michel Bouquet (The Bride Wore Black, Renoir)
Opens in NYC on 9/26 at Cinema Village* and in LA at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 on 10/3
Followed by a DVD and VOD release on 12/9
*Q&As with filmmakers Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond to follow main evening shows on Friday 9/26 and Saturday 9/27
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 1, 2014) After premiering at the Locarno Film Festival in 2010, the much-anticipated Swiss film The Little Bedroom (La Petite Chambre) starring Michel Bouquet (Toto the Hero, Renoir) will finally reach American audiences after a long-lived journey. The French-language feature, which won the Swiss Film Prize in 2011 for ‘Best Film’ and was the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards ©, may be 89-year-old Bouquet’s last lead role. A Cinema Libre Studio release, the film will open at Cinema Village in New York on September 26th, and on October 3rd at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Los Angeles. Following the theatrical release, the film will be released on DVD on December 9th and On Demand formats in North America.
Previous to arriving in the US, The Little Bedroom had successful runs in Switzerland, France, and Germany. It was awarded the Succès-Award of the Zurich Film Foundation for the biggest box office and festival hits of 2011.
When Edmond (Michel Bouquet), a man quickly facing the loss of his independence, is placed in a care facility after taking a bad fall, he discovers that his son has sold his apartment. Determined to reclaim his autonomy, he leaves the care facility with Rose (Florence Loiret Caille), an empathetic nurse still suffering from the loss of her unborn child. She takes him into her home to allow him the measure of freedom he deserves. Through this new living situation they develop a bond, which helps them move forward with their lives. However, the unlikely friends must face the consequences when Edmond is reported missing.
ABOUT MICHEL BOUQUET (EDMOND)
Bouquet, a French film legend of stage and screen, is better known in the United States for his work on the critically and commercially successful Renoir, which introduced the prodigious talents of the octogenarian thespian to many art-house filmgoers in the US in 2012. In The Little Bedroom, Bouquet’s honest performance as a fiercely independent elderly man, Edmond, who faces induction into a nursing home yet refuses to have the end of his life imposed, may be his last lead role seen on the big screen stateside. Bouquet is considered a national treasure in France and has been a major presence in France since the 40s. A theater actor in the first three decades of his career, Bouquet became involved in the French New wave through his work with Claude Chabrol and later making appearances in Francoise Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black (1968). In the 70s he moved to television, playing several iconic roles that earned critical acclaim, including Rembrandt, Ebenezer Scrooge and Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. On the big screen, his role in 1991’s Toto the Hero garnered acclaim and a European Film Award for best actor. In 2001, at age 76, he was nominated and won his first César for How I Killed My Father (Comment j’ai tué mon père) followed by a second for The Last Mitterrand (Le promeneur du champ de Mars) in 2005. In 2014, he won the Honorary Molière Award for his stage work.
After reading the screenplay, Bouquet recalls, “I loved the script. Edmond is a generic character. That’s what I liked. There are millions of characters like him who are abandoned in a time like ours. It makes them feel they have no place here. The world has changed so much in three decades. Like me, many people feel lost in a world that no longer recognizes them. They are dead even before they die. That’s what touched me terribly in the character of Edmond. I saw something very real there. That two young women as Véronique Reymond and Stéphanie Chuat, so beautiful, so young and full of life, have been able to understand that, I think it’s an amazing feat.”
The veteran actor put his faith in first-time film co-directors, Chuat and Reymond, who until then were mostly active in the Swiss theatre scene. He also stars alongside Florence Loiret Caille, who plays a magnetic Rose, the distraught caregiver who forms a friendship with Bouquet’s cranky Edmond. Says Bouquet of Caille’s performance, “the honesty with which she played the role reminded me of what I had experienced when I started in this business.” Eric Caravaca, who attended the Actors Studio in New York City for one year and earned a César for Most Promising Actor for C’est Quoi la Vie, directed by François Dupeyron in 1999, rounds out the cast by playing Rose’s beleaguered husband, Marc.
ABOUT STÉPHANIE CHUAT AND VÉRONIQUE REYMOND (CO-DIRECTORS)
Trained as actresses, Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond have been active in theater since the age of fifteen in both Switzerland and France.
Besides working with stage and movie directors, they created the Switch Company, writing and performing their own theatre shows. In April 2010, they launched the theatre adaptation of Nancy Huston’s novel FAULT LINES (Lignes de Faille). They took their first steps into film by including video installations into their stage work and have since also co-wrote and directed five short-films and two documentaries together.
The Little Bedroom is their first feature film. Starring French actor Michel Bouquet (89), the movie premiered at the Locarno International film Festival in 2010, where it received a ten-minute standing ovation. The co-directors came up with the idea for the film because, as they say “We wanted to talk about the aging population of our country, our relationship with senior citizens and the unpleasing prospect of ending one’s life in a retirement home, anteroom of death. Overseas, people see Switzerland as a nursing home.”
Chuat and Reymond just finished a 6×52 minutes TV series, OPEN BOOK (A LIVRE OUVERT), that they wrote and directed. The series is currently broadcast on Swiss TV, and will be soon broadcast on France 2.
Switzerland | In French with English subtitles | Drama | 87 minutes |
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