This Wednesday, September 22, Matt Damon is back in French theaters with his new film, Stillwater, a thriller filmed largely in Marseille.
Watch out, this is Matt Damon like you’ve never seen him before. Baseball cap, goatee, a few extra pounds, the actor plays Bill Baker in Stillwater, in theaters this Wednesday. His performance is one of the reasons to discover this feature film at the cinema. To deliver this very successful performance, the actor prepared at length, as he explained to us in Cannes during the presentation of the film as a world premiere: “I went to Oklahoma and hung out with a lot of these guys who work in the oil rig. They have their own way of walking, of wearing their jeans, of moving their bodies … Most of them ‘between them have the same build, they are generally quite strong, with broad shoulders. Their job requires real raw strength. I tried to approach their appearance by carrying heavy things, but without doing cardio , eating the same things as them, proteins, burgers … “
The Hollywood take-off of Camille Cottin
In Stillwater, this Oklahoma oil driller arrives in Marseille to help his daughter Allison, who claims her innocence in a murder case. To lend him a hand, Bill can count on Virginie, a single mother, played by our national Camille Cottin. Already showing in 2016 of an American film, Allies by Robert Zemeckis, the French actress never stops going up to Hollywood since we will soon see her in House Of Gucci by Ridley Scott and in the third season of the awesome series Killing Eve. Another sign of Camille Cottin’s irresistible rise to the other side of the Atlantic: after his performance in Stillwater, the New York Times describes her as “electric” while the magazine Variety praises this actress “bright and attractive”, and lists her among the ten actors who count in 2021. In the cast of Stillwater, we also find Abigail Breslin (the former child star of Little Miss Sunshine) as Allison and Lilou Siauvaud as Virginie’s daughter. At only 9 years old, little Lilou bursts the screen!
A scenario full of twists and turns
Skilfully blending forensic thriller and intimate drama, with a storyline with several surprises in store, Stillwater is a fascinating film from start to finish. A true character in its own right, the city of Marseille is shown with great accuracy. From the Stade Vélodrome to Les Baumettes via the Calanques, the Phocaean city is in the spotlight. Director Tom McCarthy relied on Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré, two regular collaborators of Jacques Audiard, to bring authenticity to the story and the characters. From September 22, do not miss at the cinema this breathtaking quest of a father who would do almost anything for his daughter …