In Alice and the Mayor , Nicolas Pariser imagine Fabrice Luchini as mayor of Lyon. The actor slips into the skin of Paul Théraneau, in office for 30 years in the capital of the Gauls. The conceiving is in lack of inspiration. To remedy his “failure to sense”, he urges Alice Heimann, a brilliant graduate of literature and a teacher of philosophy embodied by Anaïs Demoustier. His position is simple: “make them think”, in order to renew a link with individuals who have greater faith in the policy.

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“Alice and the Mayor”, a movie on 2 October. – Photo credits: BAC Films BAC Films

The problem is we can’t be more modern. Nicolas Pariser (prix Louis-Delluc for best first film of 2015, with The Great Game ) instills ideas of mise en scene refreshing. Presented at the directors ‘ Fortnight on the Croisette, the film won the Europa Cinemas Label to the parallel section of the Cannes film festival.

His film is not so much about the policy. He swears, moreover, not to be inspired by the outgoing minister Gérard Collomb. Alice and the Mayor , it is above all the encounter between two characters. The evolution of a platonic relationship that links the fascination to respect. And then, to friendship. The mechanics, driven by the duo Demoustier-Luchini, is awfully well-oiled machine. The tandem works great.

If he films his characters with kindness, the filmmaker does not deprive chewable the time in everything that it has to be absurd (one thinks in particular of a character obsessed by the collapsologie, or a stage side-splitting at a meeting of the crisis at the communicators). To discover in the theatres on 2 October.