REPORTAGE – In front of Frédéric Tellier’s camera, the member of the Comédie-Française Benjamin Lavernhe vividly embodies the Catholic priest, from his early years to his death in 2007.
On this pleasant day in July, an unprecedented effervescence reigns at Fort Saint-Cyr in Montigny-le-Bretonneux (Yvelines). Singular silhouettes in prisoner’s uniform or in German uniform crowd the heart of the enclosure built at the end of the 19th century.e century to ensure the defense of Paris. Engine noises echo in the distance. Smoke rises from a tunnel. Men and women, holding in their hands blackened notebooks or very contemporary objects, run in all directions. “We’re on the run a lot, we only have this morning to put two scenes in a box “, launches a production wizard.
Discipline is required on the set of the biographical film devoted to Abbé Pierre. Benjamin Lavernhe, who embodies the ecclesiastic, sets the example. The actor, who arrived on site at dawn (or even before!), bends with good grace to long sequences of make-up. He’s used to it. The exercise lasts a mere six hours when it…