The movie is clever and fun and a good old-fashioned romance, wonderfully directed by French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius--who, in the above video, explains his vision of the film. I also just learned Hazanavicius is actually married to Bejo, and Bejo couldn't be in Toronto because she's a couple weeks away from giving birth to their child. I completely fell in love with Bejo in this film.
But I did get to speak with the very charming Djuardin, through a translator, who told me this is actually his fourth film with Hazanavicius. "But our previous films were comedies," he said. "So I wasn't so much worried about making a silent film as I was about making a melodrama." Another interesting thing Djuardin said was that in France, they don't call what an actor does acting. "The word we use in French is 'play.' As in, actors play. It's a difference, I think, between American and French actors."
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