Danielle Arbid and Simple Passion | The vertigo of love


Director Danielle Arbid has chosen Lætitia Dosch to embody on the big screen the glowing heroine of a novel that Annie Ernaux published three decades ago. The two women shared a beautiful community of spirit to tell easy passiona film whose story is orchestrated around a carnal and epidermal connection.

Posted at 6:00

Marc-André Lussier

Marc-André Lussier
The print

Danielle Arbid (A lost man, Fear of nothing) had long wanted to tell a love story in the cinema. It turns out that the producers, believing that the director knew how to beautifully film the most carnal scenes, offered her the production of a feature film at the center of which would be a passionate bond between two beings.

“I really like directing sex scenes, the director throws from the start during a videoconference interview granted to The print. In my eyes it’s like sculpture, dance, impressionist painting, desire, it’s all at the same time. I have a harder time shooting a scene between two people talking to each other in a bar! ”

The purity of a love story

The director sought a story to tell by reading novels where there is love and sex. Surprisingly, they are quite rare. Either love is evoked in a disembodied way (“it’s like people don’t fuck!”, He says) or, on the contrary, we fall into the works where sex is described there in all its lust with, very often, Sadian accents. .

It is as if love for two, more classic, regardless of the orientation of the lovers, was not told much. Or we always add a social aspect. But the fact is, the purity of a two-person romance is rare in literature. I found it in Annie Ernaux’s book.

Danielle Arbid, director

Released in 1992, easy passion tells the desperate relationship between a young divorced woman and a mother, whose life will now revolve all around dating dates – or not – from a married lover from abroad. Autobiographical novel by an author who has recently been at the center of the cinema news thanks to The eventadaptation of another autobiographical novel (Audrey Diwan’s film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival last year), easy passion it is the story of a love and a sexual vertigo.


Laetitia Dosch inside easy passiona film by Danielle Arbid

“I don’t see this woman as submissive, at all, warns the director. I would never have borne to tell the story of a victim woman. Annie Ernaux is very brave in her book about her because no one wants to admit that they crawled her in front of love. Feminism also means holding your head up in accepting that you have been hurt by a romantic relationship. That said, the book was rejected upon release. Annie sent me the press review of the time, as if to discourage me from making this film. But she motivated me to do it even more! ”

The ultimate in elegance

Finding the actress to embody the heroine, however, was no easy task. After four years of research, the director came very close to abandoning the project. A meeting with Lætitia Dosch, celebrated thanks to her performance in Young woman (Léonor Serraille) changed the situation.

“Ten minutes and it’s done! recalls the director. Lætitia has an inner modesty which, in my opinion, is the most supreme of elegance. They both do, actually. ”


Lætitia Dosch and Sergei Polunin inside easy passiona film by Danielle Arbid

The other actor Danielle Arbid refers to is Sergei Polunin. Renowned bad boy from the world of ballet (he resigned from the Royal Ballet of London, where he was principal dancer, at the age of 21!), sometimes in trouble due to untimely statements on social networks, the Russian dancer perfectly assumed the role of the man who is the subject of this story.

Sergei is a very mysterious man. A true punk. His reputation is a bit sulphurous, but everything went remarkably well during the shoot. He was very respectful and did exactly what I asked him.

Daniele Arbid

For her part, Lætitia Dosch evokes a role she would not have wanted to lose for the world. And she says she is happy with her experience of her.

“I was already a great reader of Annie Ernaux, she says. When we met, Danielle and I, it clicked right away. I see her as a true poet of images and I really liked how she talked to me about sex scenes. I think she wanted to scare me first because this role scared other actresses before, which I can understand. I found it beautiful and fantastic! ”

easy passion arrives on the big screen on August 19. This feature is also available on Apple TV +, Google Play and YouTube.


Leave a Comment