Pierre Salvadori: “As a child, I had great moments of loneliness”

“Children manage to do extraordinary things and get out of the scene all of a sudden”, reveals Pierre Salvadori. LOIC VENANCE/AFP

MAINTENANCE – Pierre Salvadori, author of sophisticated and popular comedies (The trainees, Overpriced, Freely!), sign The Little Band, his first film whose heroes are children. Without renouncing the rigor of its staging or its melancholy humor.

LE FIGARO. – Originally, you did not have in mind to write a film with children…

Peter Salvadori. – No. Initially, during a discussion with my co-screenwriter, Benoît Graffin, we were surprised that there weren’t more acting outs around ecology. Like in the 1970s. I told him that it would be fun to stage somewhat clumsy guys. But I’ve done it a lot already and I thought it would be more fun if it was kids. This passage from childhood to adolescence, from innocence to conscience, carries a lot of questions about violence, commitment… Suddenly, the subject became richer and we could paste a slightly crazy adventure and funny. I saw the movie.

How did the casting of the children go?

We’ve seen a lot. They were first given a Proust questionnaire. “Who is your idol in life? In fiction? How far would you go to defend a cause? We saved about ten. We organized workshops. We…

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