“The film was hated, lynched”, Mélanie Bernier evokes this bitter failure of cinema with a colossal budget

In nearly twenty-five years of career, Mélanie Bernier has made herself a nice place in the big family of French cinema.

Revealed in comedy Barnie and his little annoyances by Bruno Chiche alongside Fabrice Luchini and Nathalie Baye, the sparkling actress subsequently stood out in front of the cameras of prestigious filmmakers such as Jean Becker (The Tête en friche), Rémi Bezançon (Our futures) or even Patrice Leconte (Maigret).

A budget of 26 million euros

This Thursday, May 2, the actress was a guest on the show The original band on France Inter to promote his new film, Neuilly-Poissy by Grégory Boutboul. A comedy presented during the last edition of the Alpe d’Huez festival and in which she plays opposite Max Boublilwith whom she had already toured in The kids by Anthony Marciano, released in 2013.

At that time, Mélanie Bernier is already an established actress despite a few films that were not successful in theaters. One of them was even a dismal failure despite its budget of… 26 million euros.

This film is His Majesty Minor by Jean-Jacques Annaudreleased in 2007. A feature film nevertheless directed by one of the rare French filmmakers to have broken through in Hollywood (The Name of the Rose, Seven Years in Tibet, Stalingrad…) with a dream cast: Vincent Cassel, José Garcia, Claude Brasseur… Despite everything, the film will flop with only 138,270 admissions.

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Mélanie Bernier: “I hadn’t even been pre-nominated for the César for Most Promising Actor”

Seventeen years after its theatrical release, Mélanie Bernier returned to this experience which could have cost her her career : “Everyone predicted to me that it was going to (work) and the film was hated, lynched, it was very painful. I remember that I hadn’t even been pre-nominated for the César for Most Promising Act even though it was expected. They had said ‘but no, the film is so disliked’ ». A failure which fortunately did not tarnish the actress’s great career.

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