We need to talk about aline the crazy Celine Dion movie at Cannes. The Cannes Film Festival is a film sanctuary, where the hard work of some of the most respected directors is shown for the first time. But very often, something completely outrageous sneaks in. It is a film that is different from any other Cannes film and has a feeling that it does not fit.
These outfielder films often end with my favorite experiences at film festivals.
That’s why we have to talk about Aline, a wild Celine Dion biopic that premiered in Cannes on Tuesday night, and giggles at the audience. I’ll try not to interfere with this. I’m still uneasy about the immediately iconic decision of the 57-year-old actress and director Valérie Lemercier to play Celine Dion at all ages of her life, including five. – Old child. I’ve seen a lot of nervous things in Cannes, but this one definitely takes the cake.
Aline starts off with a few denials, as the opening title card declares. “This film is inspired by the life of Celine Dion. But it is a work of fiction.” That’s why the story follows almost every bit of Dion’s life beat, but the protagonist is named Aline Dieu instead, and most of Dion’s most famous songs have proven impossible to get the rights to. (Yeah, 30 Rock fans, here’s the Jackie Jormp-Jump situation.)
Like Dion, Aline is the youngest of 14 children, born into a large Quebec family. Her public debut as a singer begins early. At 5, Aline takes the stage to her brother’s wedding and releases them with her incredibly powerful vocals. Dion did the same, but I think there is one important difference in her real life. She wasn’t boasting the face of an AARP-qualified adult when 5-year-old Celine sang her songs at that wedding.
Faced with Lemercier scammers, deceitful and unsettling, scaled down to hobbit size and nearly oblivious.
I’ve never seen PEN15, nor John C. Reilly at the beginning of Walk Hard, nor a fully grown Martin Short playing a psychotic 10-year-old boy in Clifford. As a cinematic being, Preteen Aline seems ready to terrorize Vera Farmiga in the next Conjuring movie rather than our protagonist. Why didn’t they cast real kids? As a French comedian, I’ve heard that Lemercier often played child roles.
But Aline took this problem too far. Her movie is like Bohemian Rhapsody when it scales down Rami Malek and lets him play his teeth. Have you ever seen a Twitter message asking you to reimagine a classic movie with one character replaced by a Muppet? Aline reminded me of that, except that the main character is a Muppet and is made of your nightmare instead of Felt.
You might be thinking, “Well, that part of this crazy five-year-old movie certainly isn’t going to last very long.” That’s right because the movie eventually makes Aline aged to her 12-year-old. Here, Lemercier plays Aline as an eccentric introvert who gained her fame after signing her manager Guy-Claude Kamar (Sylvain Marcel). This character is based on Dion’s producer and manager, René Angélil.
She met and eventually married her in her early teens, and Lemercier identified the matter as Aline’s greatest aspiration in life. Practically speaking, we’re seeing a 57-year-old woman playing a 12-year-old woman who has a crush on her 40-year-old manager. I don’t know what to do with it! Whenever Aline’s mother tried to break her union when Guy-Claude declared that Guy-Claude was too old for Aline, I felt my brain shorted.
Lemercier tries to approve her romance by playing Aline herself, suggesting that the young woman is simply an old soul? By the time Aline reached her adulthood (that’s when she and her Guy-Claude relationship finally came to an end), Lemercier still likes her sugar and plays as her childlike diva. Not sure about her track.
In the end, you have to succumb to Aline’s absurdity, and at least your sense of humor comes from knowing, as Aline starts her residency in Las Vegas and gets lost in the huge mansion she just bought. After the film’s central romance settles in the first hour, Aline takes a look at Dion’s adult life and creates an independent episode. She’s picking out a dress for the Oscars! She is being treated for infertility! Guy-Claude now has a ponytail!
However, even the more direct dramatic scenes in the film still carry a bit of madness. It doesn’t help much. After sitting on Preteen Aline for 30 minutes, it no longer feels normal. And maybe Aline should. While cultural figures may not be more mainstream than Celine Dion, even her most ardent fans will admit that she exudes her pure side.
I can’t explain half of the director choices Aline made, but at least they’re so stupid and unique that I’ll think about it for years to come. Received the Palme d’Or: We know that Aline will keep moving forward in an era where musical biopics are becoming more and more disposable.