“Colors of Fire” by Clovis Cornillac, a classic and effective saga

Adapted from the book by Pierre Lemaitre and following the historical fresco initiated by “Goodbye up there”, “Colors of the fire”, signed Clovis Cornillac, features, in addition to the director, Léa Drucker, Benoît Poelvoorde, Fanny Ardant or Alice Isaaz.

“Goodbye up there” ended with the announced death of the banker Péricourt. “Colors of Fire” opens in 1927 with his funeral. A secondary and erased figure from the first part, his daughter Madeleine (Léa Drucker) occupies a central place here. Here she is, the sole heiress of the bank and her father’s fortune and mother of a boy who, after throwing himself out of the window during his grandfather’s funeral, finds himself paralyzed. His refusal to marry Gustave Joubert (Benoît Poelvoorde), manager of the Péricourt group, will cause his ruin and his downfall.

But faced with the adversity of these men who seek to harm her, the corruption of her environment and the ambition of those around her, she will do everything possible to survive, rebuild her life and offer herself a revenge worthy of the count. of Monte Cristo. A task all the more difficult in a France which observes, powerless, the first “colors of the fire” which will ravage Europe from the 1930s.

>> To see: the trailer for the film “Colors of Fire”

A great popular movie

Five years after the very successful adaptation of Pierre Lemaitre’s best-seller, ‘Au revoir là-haut’ by Albert Dupontel (awarded five César awards), it is Clovis Cornillac who is embarking on the adaptation of the second part of this historical fresco which has three.

With Pierre Lemaitre himself in the script, a cast of stars in the cast (Léa Drucker, Benoît Poelvoorde, Olivier Gourmet, Fanny Ardant, Alice Isaaz and Clovis Cornillac himself), and a substantial budget, the French director and actor has put all his the odds on his side for his fourth film.

>> To listen: Interview with Clovis Cornillac, director of the film “Colors of the fire”

Colors of Fire / Brazil / 21 min. / Sunday at 3:03 p.m.

He signs a rich and abundant feature film enhanced by the excellent acting of the actors and actresses (in particular Léa Drucker and Benoît Poelvoorde). “Cornillac takes pleasure in making a great popular film”, analyzes the critic of the RTS Rafael Wolf.

The only regret for this film which pays homage to the women of the 1930s: the very classic staging, which can make it seem a little outdated. Be that as it may, an elegant and generous film, “Colors of Fire” will appeal to the greatest number and can be enjoyed even without having read or seen “Goodbye up there”.

Andréanne Quartier-la-Tente

“Colors of Fire”, by Clovis Cornillac. On view now in French-speaking cinemas.

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