François Cluzet explains why this film marked the beginning of his descent into hell

Tonight, France 5 is broadcasting Molotov cocktail, the second feature film by director Diane Kurys, after the cult Diabolo Mint. This film occupies a special place in the filmography of François Cluzet, because it marks the beginning of a veritable descent into hell.

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After recounting his younger years, in the very endearing Mint diabolo, with the young Eléonore Klarwein in the lead role, Diane Kurys wanted to extend her autobiographical exploration, but skipping a few years. In effect, Molotov cocktail takes place in the spring of 1968. And if the director once again entrusted the music to singer Yves Simon, the themes are quite different. Gone are the days of first love, back to school and cigarettes smoked on the sly. Molotov cocktail takes the funny part of telling May 68… but by the band. The film indeed follows the wanderings of two boys and a woman during the events of the famous month of May. But they largely miss it. To bring his characters to life, Diane Kurys called on three almost unknown people: Elise Caron, Philippe Lebas and… François Cluzet, whose very first feature film it was.

A first time

become a singer, Elise Caron is quite rare on the screens. Philippe Lebas is now an actor and drama teacher. But François Cluzet… Is there any need to introduce him? Nominated nine times for the Césars, François Cluzet was awarded for Do not tell anyone. It has accumulated critical and public success. But this role of Bruno, secretly in love with the companion of his best friend, will mark his life in a painful and destructive way. The actor capable of violently attacking certain colleagues returned to these complicated memories in an interview with Telerama.

The pain caught up with me

Returning to a difficult childhood, François Cluzet explains that these young years have “armored“.”don’t suffer [lui] scared more”. He doesn’t have it”avoided in any character”. But as he later details, the pain caught up with him: “Because I made the devastating choice to be a hyper-sensitive actor, all the greater for being vulnerable. Except that, to become hypersensitive, you had to scratch the old wounds”. Result : “a skinned alive has thus surfaced, a provocative, self-destructive misanthrope”.

From my first film

François Cluzet continues: “At 23, from my first film, Cocktail Molotov, by Diane Kurys, I started to complain. Hell was already me“. And he announces what form this self-destruction had taken for him: “I started drinking”. Then follow long years of alcoholism, then a redemption, with encounters that matter, such as that of Guillaume Canet, who “took him out of the trap”.

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