Alice et le maire – Boss on the Rhône
Rewarded at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, Nicolas Pariser talks about his movie starring Fabrice Luchini and Anaïs Demoustier, a feature film that is both political and sensitive.
By Jacky Goldberg
Picture by Thierry Lebraly
Reading time 2 min.
Alice et le Maire won one of the two most prestigious prizes at the Directors’ Fortnight ( the Label Europa Cinemas prize). It depicts a mayor in Lyon, played by Fabrice Luchini — sober than usual— who lost his vision is full of doubts after 30 years of political life. A young philosopher, played by Anaïs Demoustier (seen in Quai d’Orsay or Bird People) is in charge of helping him reshape his magisterium. From this unlikely meeting rises a subtle dramatic comedy about the meaning of politics and, on a wider scale, life.