François Cluzet, the faith of the interpreter

PORTRAIT – In a counter-useful role, the actor brilliantly embodies a negationist who settles in the cellar of a couple of Parisian Jews. Since then, he has shot two films where he finds his natural benevolence.

It’s been ages since he played such a villain. François Cluzet, 66, arrives at a relaxed meeting with all smiles. Fresh shaven, wearing a leather jacket, dark blue shirt, under the Parisian sun of the Saint-Germain district, he orders a coffee, and jokes with the air of playfulness with the waiter, who recognized him.

Cluzet is exactly the opposite of the character in Philippe Le Guay’s new film, The man in the cellar, which came out on screens on Wednesday. In the script, the director ofAlceste in bycicle tells how the character of Jacques Fonzic, former professor of history struck off from teaching for revisionism, buys a Parisian cellar from a wealthy family whose husband is Jewish, and settles there to live there.

An unsympathetic role

“What seduced me, explains the actor, it is first of all the fact that it is a true story. When Philippe Le Guay told it to me, I found it shocking. The mishap happened to a couple of his friends in the early 2000s. They had

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