François Ozon defends the right to euthanasia at Cannes
The French director presents the film 'Tout s'est bien passé', starring Sophie Marceau and André Dussollier
Canes"Is your father asking you to kill him love or perversion?" The question is thrown by the husband of Emmanuèle (Sophie Marceau), a middle-aged writer, the father of whom has just suffered a seizure from which he will not recover. He (André Dussollier) has made it clear to his daughters that he does not want to continue living in these conditions. Tout s'est bien passé, the new film in competition by a regular at the Cannes Festival such as François Ozon, adapts the autobiographical book by its co-screenwriter Emmanuèle Bernheim, in which he narrates the process of facilitating assisted suicide in Switzerland for the father, since that in France this option is not legal.
The film accompanies the protagonist both in her intimate journey of acceptance of her father's will and in following the tasks and legal tricks to achieve this goal, so that Tout s'est bien passé unfolds as a family drama with a clear pedagogical and vindicating will for the right to assisted death. Ozon and Bernheim season it all with a few pinches of humour to lighten up a film that tackles an intense subject head on, with serenity and maturity, but which would not be among the most powerful in the author's filmography either.
Jodie Foster, Palme d'Honneur
The big star of the opening of the festival was Jodie Foster, who received the Palme d'Honneur from Pedro Almodóvar. The actress and director won the audience over with her passionate speech recollecting her life, which she delivered in her impeccable and delicious French. Foster took the opportunity to thank her wife and actress Alexandra Hedison for being her "pyjama companion" in these last months of watching movies from the sofa at home.