PORTRAIT – The actor discovered by the Dardenne brothers in 1996, who became a star in Cloclo, plays with justice and compassion a gendarmerie commander of Étretat in Xavier Beauvois’ new film.
He arrives by mototaxi under torrential rain. All smiles, he arrives from Aix-en-Provence where he attended a preview ofAlbatross, the new film by Xavier Beauvois, in which he plays Laurent, a non-commissioned officer of the gendarmerie in Étretat. At 40, Jérémie Renier has a frank look. Simple and direct, the Belgian actor explains that upon reading the script, he “Felt that with Albatross, there was a great film, or rather a great trajectory of a man. ” Shot in Normandy with non-professional actors, he immerses himself in the daily life of a gendarmerie brigade at the height of men.
The one we saw recently as a Jewish father in The man of the cellar, by Philippe Le Guay, remembers perfectly his first meeting with the director of Guardians. “It was in the bar of a hotel near Saint-Lazare, he smiles. Xavier came especially from his campaign to discuss with me. He spends in Paris as little as possible. We talked about everything except the movie. What wanted