In the name of the Earth, the Pele family… These 5 movies and series were shot in Maine

Luanne, Guillaume Canet, Annie Girardot, along with actresses and actors. Michel Legrand and Eric Lartigau on the directors’ side. Mayenne is a popular filming location for filmmakers. A look back at five productions filmed in the department.

1. Aries family

The film was directed by Eric Lartigau in 2013 Aries family He was shot mostly on a farm in the village of Hosso Britignol, in a place called Remio, in northern Maine.

This feature film tells the story of two deaf and dumb farmers, whose eldest daughter discovers she has a talent for singing. She decided to try the Radio France masters contest in Paris. A life choice that involves estrangement from his family.

Actress and singer Luann plays the title role, winning the César Award for Best Female Hope in 2015. Karen Viard and François Damien play Luanne’s parents, Also known as Paula. The film gathered 7.5 million spectators in cinemas in France.

Thanks to the participation of the Cousin family, the former owners of the farm, the film crew found support to perform the farmers’ daily chores, such as driving tractors.

Cedric and Natalie Coson keep an unforgettable memory: “He helped us as best we could. It lasted from June to early November. Then it was over. We didn’t ask for compensation. We received compensation, that’s it. The film crew landed for five weeks in September.”

Eric Lartigau, right, during filming with François Damien, left and cameraman in the center. | West of France

2. In the name of the Earth

Director Édouard Bergeon chose a farmhouse in Saint-Pierre-sur-Orthe, in Coëvrons, as the main setting for his film. TheThe landscape reminded him of his childhood spent in the Poitou countryside.

in the name of the earth A film about farmers, the evolution of the agricultural model, and the role of consumers. Actor Guillaume Canet plays a farmer caught up in the evolution of the profession during the post-war boom.

The film attracted two million theater-goers. It climbed to the fourth place among the films with the highest acceptance rate for cinema in 2019.

Valérie and Vincent Barré, operators of the plantation, participated in the filming, as consultants to the decorator’s artistic team.
“It allowed us to discover behind the scenes in the world of cinema, it was amazing. And the film crew was very nice.

Maine farmers took part in the filming of “In the Name of the Earth”. | West of France

3. Dracula’s father and son

In 1976, Lassay-les-Châteaux was transformed into a movie set to shoot the film Dracula and his son. The city was a place of decoration, particularly for its fortified castle and for the richness of its medieval heritage.

Directed by Edward Molinaro, this feature film is a parody of British actor Christopher Lee, who has played the legendary Dracula character in cinema on several occasions. He is also known for his roles in other films such as the Lord of the Rings or star Wars.

On the left, Christopher Lee plays Dracula, next to Bernard Menez, the actor who plays Dracula’s son. | GAUMONT INTERNATIONAL

4. Five days in June

The film tells the story of the youth of composer Michel Legrand.

The journey from Paris to Saint-Lo by bicycle begins, in June 1944, by two Resistance: Marcel, played by Annie Girardot and Yvette, played by Sabine Azima. Mathieu Rosé plays the younger Michel Legrand.

it’s with Five days in June That Michel Legrand, already famous as an author, goes behind the camera for the first time and wears a director’s costume. He spent part of his life on the Grande-Vigne farm in Mayenne, where he took refuge during the occupation.

Some scenes from his first feature film were filmed in the summer of 1988 in Ruillé-Froid-Fonds, in the southern Mayenne countryside and in the Château-Gontier-sur-Mayenne station area.

Matteo Rossi, along with Annie Girardot, center, and Sabine Azima (right). | Dr

5. The bread masters

bread masters A mini-series, produced in three episodes of 105 minutes each, was broadcast on France 2, during the winter of 1993.

The main scenes were filmed in Mézangers, Sainte-Gemmes-le-Robert, Mayenne, in northern Mayenne, Efron and Sainte-Suzanne in Coëvrons, during the summer of 1993. On this occasion, Sainte-Suzanne Town Hall was converted into a post office.

The bakery, which was used in July-August 1993 as a setting for the TV movie, bore the name “Masters of Bread” in the 2000s. It was located at 1 bis, Place Hubert-II-de-Beaumont, in Sainte-Suzanne.

The series collected 10 million viewers. They are excited by the ups and downs of the interwar love story of a baker and his wife.

Actor Vladimir Yordanov in Efron in 1993. | Archives in western France

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