“Cheaters”: golf for psychopaths

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Filmmaker Louis Godbout wrote and directed a black comedy starring Christine Beaulieu, Benoît Gouin, Steve Laplante and Alexandre Goyette. Subject? A camera on the golf course…

Outdoor camera? Yes. During an interview with QMI Agency, Louis Godbout said, “I started playing golf at the age of eight with my favorite partner, my grandmother. At the same time, I am not very interested in golfers, I find myself ridiculous on the golf course. One of the things I find ridiculous is that I’ve been brainless for four hours of gameplay. I’m obsessed with the ball. I find myself ridiculous. We are in a very wide area, we walk six kilometers, but we are locked in our heads.

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The star around which the entire plot revolves is Florence, played by Christine Beaulieu. “Pitoune” in the movie, the yoga teacher, very zen. With her boyfriend Hubert (Benoît Gouin) and partner André (Steve Laplante) – the two men have residency jobs for seniors – they play their roles until a certain Michel (Alexandre Goyette) joins them and changes the game. But everything is presented as a dark and sad tale.

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“There is a dimension of irony inherent in golf. The filmmaker said it’s a sport that everyone is bad at because it’s hard. Everyone is hardworking, everyone is exercising, but everyone is failing. It is a sport where fair play and etiquette are given great importance, players lie all the time, cheat all the time, and tell their golf stories. It’s a natural theater for a satire of behavior.”

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And the behavior is ridiculous. Like André with his remote-controlled shopping cart – “yes, there really is”, confirm Benoît Gouin and Louis Godbout – Florence and her yoga pose between two holes, Michel and beer glasses whenever she can, even the role of Sepp, the psychopathic employee of the Sébastien René Golf course.

“Satire was natural. The showing of a golf course with a Mozart mass from the start of the movie sets the mood. “We feel like we’re not quite real, and that’s why actors can sometimes afford to utter unnatural lines, provided they say it as if they believe it.”

The players were able to prepare for their roles by taking advantage of the golf lessons. because scammers Filmed in the summer of 2020, the crew found themselves alone in the “Bromont Inn” as the rooms were closed to the public. Everyone came together constantly, which made it possible to develop an incredible bond.

Referring to Christine Beaulieu’s “natural irony”, Louis Godbout said, “Even if Florence’s character is very superficial, one cannot leave her irony in doubt.”

Florence is also a yoga teacher. “The interpretation challenge for me was in the rhythm. Florence is slow, she thinks, so black, so calm. But the main challenge for the actress was the extremely revealing outfits of her character, as well as extremely suggestive poses. “It’s easier for me to play a character with a big character. jacket winter, I am very camouflaged in my character. There, I’m literally so naked. This is an area where we are more vulnerable and I needed to be very confident to be able to do what I was doing.

Benoît Gouin also had to do a mental exercise to embody Hubert, he explained this work with reference to the theatre. “I played Molière’s character Don Juan, and when you come across a character like this… you try to put on the Don Juan mantle, but it just doesn’t work. Then one day, we realize we’re Don Juan. There’s always a part of yourself in a role.”

And Florence isn’t the only ambiguous character – “He’s also a psycho,” the filmmaker insisted – all three men have secrets and neuroses of their own. And they all land on a golf course. Benoît Gouin said, “No one escapes what will arise spontaneously.”

scammers Coming to Quebec cinemas on August 12.

Source From: Google News

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