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Film in Pictures: Sylvie Verheyde’s Confession of a Child of the Century

Wild Bunch came to the European Film Market (Berlin) this year with another mouth-watering sales slate and among the items they’ve got early images we find Sylvie Verheyde’s Confession of a Child of the Century, which pits rocker Pete Doherty against musician and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. Also cast in the period piece are young thesps Lily Cole and August Diehl. The picture (currently in production) should be ready fall fest circuit events such as Locarno/Venice/TIFF.

Wild Bunch came to the European Film Market (Berlin) this year with another mouth-watering sales slate and among the items they’ve got early images we find Sylvie Verheyde’s Confession of a Child of the Century, which pits rocker Pete Doherty against musician and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. Also cast in the period piece are young thesps Lily Cole and August Diehl. The picture (currently in production) should be ready fall fest circuit events such as Locarno/Venice/TIFF. Here are a trio of pics and the official synopsis.

Sylvie Verheyde Confession of a Child of the Century Charlotte Gainsbourg

Adapted from Alfred de Musset’s “La confession d’un enfant du siècle ”. The Napoleonic Wars are over. Octave (Doherty) is young and beautiful and loves his mistress Elise – until he witnesses her being unfaithful. Despair leads to decadence. Influenced by his friend Desgenais, Octave becomes the perfect libertine, although this new life fails to satisfy his thirst for the absolute. The death of his father takes Octave to the countryside where he meets Brigitte (Gainsbourg), a young widow who spends most of her days caring for the needy and the poor. He has found a new love. At first, Brigitte tries to resist, unwilling to relive the tortures of passion. Eventually she gives in. They are in love, but Octave is quickly overcome by suspicion. Will Brigitte remain true to him? Doesn’t every woman betray her lover sooner or later? Isn’t Desgenais right when he claims that love doesn’t exist? In a world where no one any longer believes in anything, can Octave find in his love for Brigitte the strength to believe in the future?

Sylvie Verheyde Confession of a Child of the Century Charlotte Gainsbourg Pete Doherty

Sylvie Verheyde Confession of a Child of the Century Pete Doherty

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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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