Mathieu Amalric in First Trailer for Benoît Jacquot's Film 'Never Ever'
"How long have you been here?" Alfama Films has debuted an official trailer for the French drama Never Ever, adapted from Don DeLillo's novel The Body Artist, directed by French filmmaker Benoît Jacquot. The film is playing at the Toronto Film Festival now and just premiered at the Venice Film Festival before this. Mathieu Amalric stars as a "self-centered" filmmaker who falls for a beautiful body artist performing at the same gallery where his own film is screening. He runs off with her to his mansion and starts a passionate love affair, but of course their romance doesn't last. Also starring the lovely Julia Roy as Laura, Jeanne Balibar, Victória Guerra and Elmano Sancho. This seems like yet another French romantic film with passion and desire and beauty driving the story, though I'm curious if there is some weird, freaky twist in it.
The film swirls around a self-centred filmmaker (Mathieu Amalric) who, during a screening of one of his films, wanders into an adjoining gallery and becomes mesmerized by a young performance artist (Julia Roy). Dumping his leading lady and long-time lover, Rey embarks on a wild and delirious affair with the equally willing Laura, who jumps on the back of his motorcycle and rides with him into instantaneous love. Holed up in Rey's remote country mansion, the couple appears to have found bliss — until, one day, Laura is disturbed by strange noises that turn out to be a prelude to disconcerting developments. The dreamlike world the two have constructed slowly begins to come apart. Never Ever, or À jamais, is directed by French filmmaker Benoît Jacquot (The Untouchable, Deep in the Woods, Farewell My Queen, 3 Hearts, Diary of a Chambermaid). The screenplay is adapted by Julia Roy, based on Don DeLillo's novel. The film just premiered at this year's Toronto & Venice Film Festivals, but doesn't have a US release date.