Pop megastar Harry Styles takes to the big screen with ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

Dystopian thriller in 1950s America, “Don’t Worry Darling” arrives in French theaters on Wednesday, with pop megastar Harry Styles on screen and preceded by rumors and controversies that have plagued the production.

This second feature film by director Olivia Wilde, of which Styles is the companion, was one of the event films of the Mostra at the beginning of September.

Presented out of competition, “Don’t Worry Darling” is a kind of “Truman Show”, brought up to date and influenced by the cinema of M. Night Shyamalan or “Black Mirror”, a nightmarish series on the future and technology.

Florence Pugh (“The Daughters of Dr. March”, “Black Widow”) plays Alice, a young woman well in all respects living in Victory, a small model town built in the middle of the desert by a mysterious businessman, played by Chris Pine.

Like all her neighbours, Alice has a life regulated like clockwork, and, a priori, everything to be happy alongside Jack (Harry Styles), her companion, who leaves every morning for a job she knows nothing about.

– Beautiful and sinister –

In exchange for this material well-being, Victory has only one rule: its inhabitants must never leave the city limits. A taboo that Alice will soon break, at her own risk…

“Everything is a metaphor, the paradox of Victory is that everything that is beautiful is also sinister”, explained Olivia Wilde during the Venice festival.

This entertainment “is like a Trojan horse” which should make viewers think, added the director, who wanted to address the issue of power and its abuse, relationships of male domination over women or the consequences of comfort. material of some on the life of others…

His actor and companion Harry Styles is not completely new to the cinema, and had notably held one of the soldier roles in “Dunkirk” by Christopher Nolan (2017).

But the one who will soon have the leading role in “My Policeman”, on Amazon Prime Video, certainly intends to climb a level with this new film. “I don’t want to think too much about the future,” he said, when asked about the possibility of combining music and cinema.

“Making music is very personal”, while on the contrary, in cinema “we pretend to play someone else, and that’s what’s fun”, he continued.

Florence Pugh, she had not taken part in the press conference of the film, the production of which was surrounded by many rumors and controversies: the first male role had in particular been attributed to Shia Labeouf before falling to Harry Styles.

“When it comes to endless tabloid gossip and all the noise around us, the internet feeds itself,” the director had previously evacuated. “I don’t need to contribute to it.”

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