Médée miracle

  • 83'
  • France
  • 2007
Médée miracle is a reworking of the Greek myth Medea. Irene (Isabelle Huppert) is a stranger; she left her country because of her 'crazy' love of Jason. Now she lives in a Parisian banlieu with him and their two children. They have become owners of a nightclub where she also sings to entertain the visitors. When Jason abandons her, Irene is left behind with her daughters and Martha, a mute girl she brought with her from home. Irene gradually nears madness, but, unlike the Greek heroine, refuses to act violently towards others. A radical change occurs when Irene encounters Marcela, a Rumanian girl who is being exploited.
Tonino De Bernardi has been wanting to do this project with Huppert for quite some years, and her presence is one of the key notes in this cinematographic adventure, in which improvisation and a feeling for space are juxtaposed with the echoes of the myth.
De Bernardi: 'It was Isabelle Huppert who inspired me for this film. It’s Medea’s story, that leaves from Euripides’ tragedy and goes on through Seneca, Grillparzer, Anouilh, Pasolini, Heiner Müller, Christa Wolf till now. My film asks the question: who would Medea be today? Finally I must say that the film also somehow contains my mother’s story. The film is for me a kind of 'passion', but also a miracle film, that was born from love and solidarity among friends.' (EH)

Director
Tonino De Bernardi
Countries of production
France, Italy
Production Year
2007
Festival Edition
IFFR 2008
Length
83'
Medium
35mm
International title
Medea Miracle
Language
French
Producers
Ronald Chammah, Stéphanie Andriot, Tonino De Bernardi
Production Companies
Les Films du Camélia, Stella films, Lontane Province Film
Sales
Urban Distribution International
Cinematography
Tommaso Borgstrom
Editor
Pietro Lassandro
Sound Design
Samuel Mittelman
Music
Mikaël Barre
Cast
Lou Castel, Giulietta De Bernardi, Isabelle Huppert
Website
http://urbandistrib.com/films/medea-miracle