France 3 then France 2 modified their programs and offered two films with the late Gaspard Ulliel: “A Long Engagement Sunday” for which he won the César for “Young Male Hope” and the unreleased film “Sibyl”.
Thursday January 20 at 9:10 p.m. on France 3: A long engagement Sunday (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Screenwriters: Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet
With: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Dominique Pinon
In 1919, Mathilde was 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiancé Manech left for the Somme front. Like millions of others, he is “dead in action”. It’s in black and white on the official notice. However, Mathilde refuses to admit this evidence. If Manech was dead, she would know! She clings to her intuition like the last thin thread that still connects her to her lover. A former sergeant may tell him that Manech died on the no man’s land of a trench called Bingo Crépuscule, along with four others sentenced to death for voluntary mutilation; nothing works. Mathilde refuses to let go of the thread. She clings to it with the faith of the coalman and launches into a real counter-investigation. From false hopes to uncertainties, she will gradually unravel the truth about the fate of Manech and his four comrades.
Sunday January 23 at 9:10 p.m. on France 2: Sibyl (2019)
Director: Justine Triet
Screenwriters: Justine Triet, Arthur Harari
With: Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel, Sandra Hüller
Sibyl is a novelist turned psychoanalyst. Caught up by the desire to write, she decides to leave most of her patients. While she is looking for inspiration, Margot, a young actress in distress, begs her to receive her. In the middle of filming, she is pregnant with the main actor… who is in a relationship with the director of the film. While she exposes her passionate dilemma to him, Sibyl, fascinated, records it secretly. The word of his patient nourishes his novel and plunges him back into the whirlwind of his past. When Margot implores Sibyl to join her in Stromboli for the end of filming, everything accelerates at a dizzying pace…