in “One Beautiful Morning,” Mia Hansen-Løve emotionally talks about her family history

A fan of autobiographical films, Mia Hansen-Løve wrote and focused his eighth feature film around the degenerative disease that saw his father gradually disappear. a beautiful morning consists of a double plot, mixing the drama of the end of life and the passion of a forbidden adventure. “A way to show that life can sometimes confront us with situations very opposite” comments the 41-year-old director, who presented her film for the first time in May at the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Interview.

Franceinfo Culture: “Un beau matin” addresses the pain and sadness of illness while staging the rebirth and happiness of love. Why did you choose this double reading?
Mia Hansen-Love:
I could never make a movie that just went to the dark side of life. This film tries to relate with lucidity and transparency the tragic and irremediable nature of the disease, and the suffering that derives from it. But its realization only became possible when another idea met this one. This comes from the observation of life, which always leans to one side. Life can sometimes seem completely dark or cruel, but there is always something that surprises us. That’s what interested me and inspired me. Some filmmakers like to lead viewers to disgrace, sometimes with very strong results. But me, it will never be my film project.

You frequently tell stages of your own story through your films. How did the need to stage your father’s degenerative disease arise?

I had to accept the idea that I couldn’t go on without addressing this topic. It’s like something gets in my way. When I projected myself into the future, about what I wanted to write, there was something that prevailed, that came back, that persecuted me. I couldn’t cut it. There are films that I decided to make, that I wanted, like norman island Where Edenand then there are films that have been imposed on me, like this one.

“There is an emotion in Léa Seydoux that is never artificial. Few actresses of her generation are capable of it”

Mia Hansen-Love

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Did you find yourself through the interpretation of Léa Seydoux?

There is a great strength in Léa. She embodies both an eminently feminine presence and at the same time, there is something almost masculine about her, a power, a very strong magnetism. I don’t feel like I resemble Léa at all, and when I offer her the part, it’s because I know that she has the talent to make the path to this character. But it is also for me the desire to free myself from what I am and go towards her and what she embodies. There is an emotion in her that is never made up or invented. I know few actresses of her generation in France who are capable of it. It is as if she had a sadness in her that comes naturally to her and gives so much truth and simplicity to her performance, she already has a great filmography, she has worked with many directors, she has a lot of experience… but an innocence remained that overwhelms me. And it is priceless.

Mia Hansen-Løve is a regular on the Croisette.  In 2021 she presented

Pascal Greggory very accurately plays the role of a man who gradually loses his sight, memory and mind. Did his performance move you?

I found Pascal reeling from his self-sacrifice. He has literally been erased to make room for the character. In the movie, we forget about Pascal. We owe it to his humility, his ability to listen, his attention to the staging and the trust he placed in me and that allowed us to work in perfect harmony. He was moved by this character, he saw beyond the illness all that this Georg could have been, this man who was an intellectual, delicate, modest and melancholic, and he transmitted all of this in a very subtle way.

Do you yourself have this fear of getting old?

More than getting old, I fear illness. Having been very close to my father’s disease – and I know many other degenerative diseases resemble it – yes, I find it terrifying. And making this film is also for me a way to tame fear. I am less afraid now that I have made this film, I am less afraid after having lived, so closely, so many ordeals related to this disease. But cinema and cinema in general allow me to tame life and its fears, and therefore the fear of illness.

A Beautiful Morning by Mia Hansen-Løve. With Léa Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud, Pascal Greggory, Nicole García. Duration: 1h52. Theatrical release Wednesday, October 5.

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