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Breillat’s Bad Love becomes a Must Read, not a Must See

If the debilitating after-effects of a stroke weren’t bad enough (she miraculously gave birth to not one (The Last Mistress) but two films when you add the NYFF selection Bluebeard) now comes word that the Bad Love (a project which she mentioned to us the last time she came to NYFF for a film), a remake of Breillat’s own film, is DOA.

Thanks to Fin De Cinema‘s Joe Bowman for piecing together an update on provocatrice filmmaker Catherine Breillat. If the debilitating after-effects of a stroke weren’t bad enough (she miraculously gave birth to not one (The Last Mistress) but two films when you add the NYFF selection Bluebeard) now comes word that the Bad Love (a project which she mentioned to us the last time she came to NYFF for a film), a remake of Breillat’s own film, is DOA. It would have starred model Naomi Campbell, but it won’t be coming to the big screen, thanks to a leecher of society.

Known for working with the fringe crowd, Breillat was the latest victim to human cockroach Christophe Rocancourt. Some of you might remember the 60 minutes piece on a French conman passing himself off as a Rockefeller. France’s most celebrated con man sucked out a good chunk of production money and the how he did it will probably be the basis of Breillat’s book which details the her account with him. We’ll update you on the release of the book. Also in the works, her next directing gig will be part for French television…

“a modern adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, continuing to stray from using her own writings as source material, after The Last Mistress [Une vieille maîtresse] from Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly and Bluebeard [Barbe Bleue] from Charles Perrault, the man also responsible for Sleeping Beauty. The Sleeping Beauty project appears to be part of a series of films updating classic contes de fées. According to Toutlecine.com, filmmakers Jacques Doillon (Ponette, Le premier venu) and Marina de Van (Dans ma peau, Ne te retourne pas) are rumored to also be contributing to the series.”

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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