France TV Distribution has commenced sales on Belle, a new crime thriller from French director Benoît Jacquot. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Guillaume Canet, and is based on a novel by Belgian writer Georges Simenon. The story follows a couple living a peaceful life in a small town, whose existence is shaken when the daughter of a friend, who is staying with them, is found dead in her room.
Plot and Production
Belle is a crime thriller adapted from the 1951 novel The Death of Belle by Georges Simenon. The film is directed by French filmmaker Benoît Jacquot and stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Guillaume Canet. The story follows a couple who lead a peaceful life in a small town until a friend’s daughter, Belle, who is staying with them, is found dead. The husband becomes the prime suspect as he was the only one at home at the time of the murder. The film explores themes such as the presumption of innocence, trial by media, popular judgment, and how an extraordinary event is capable of transforming an ordinary man. It mirrors Simenon’s two-pronged approach: exposition of a social environment and exploration of the blindness of the human soul.
The movie is produced by Marie-Jeanne Pascal at Macassar Productions and Philippe Carcassonne at Ciné-@. This is the first time Canet and Gainsbourg have starred opposite each other in a feature film.
Statements from Producers and Distributors
In a joint statement, the producers said, “This movie is particularly topical, tackling such matters as the presumption of innocence, trial by media, popular judgment, and how an extraordinary event is capable of transforming an ordinary man. It also mirrors Georges Simenon’s two-pronged approach: exposition of a social environment and exploration of the blindness of the human soul.”
Deputy General Manager at France TV Distribution, Catherine Bernard, praised the film, saying: “Georges Simenon’s writing quality is timeless. Benoît Jacquot’s talent in this area has been proven time and again. With such a stellar cast and director, this film adaptation can’t help but be a hit.”
France TV Distribution launched sales on the production at the Cannes market. The film is expected to be a hit due to the quality of Simenon’s writing, Jacquot’s talent as a director, and the impressive cast. Canet and Gainsbourg are both talented actors, and their chemistry on screen is sure to be electrifying. The film explores themes that are still relevant today, making it a must-watch for fans of crime thrillers.