I would like someone to wait for me somewhere: the film almost didn’t see the light of day

An adaptation of a literary novel can sometimes take a long time to see the light of day in the cinema. This is what the director Arnaud Viard experienced when he chose to direct “I would like someone to wait for me somewhere”, taken from the collection of short stories by Anna Gavalda.

I would like someone to wait for me somewhere : the first feat of arms of Anna Gavalda

Very renowned contemporary writer for several years in France, Anna Gavalda began her literary career in 1999. Indeed, that year, she delivered her first work consisting of a collection of twelve short stories: I would like someone to wait for me somewhere. Sold nearly 2 million copies, translated into 27 languages ​​and awarded the RTL-Lire grand prize, the collection is a success.

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Above all, it brings its author to fame with two other books which will also obtain very good feedback thereafter: I loved it (2002) and Together, that’s all (2004). The latter two will also experience cinematographic adaptations.

From book to film

I would like someone to wait for me somewhere follows siblings who meet in the family home at the end of the summer. For the occasion, Aurore, aged 70, finds her children who have all come to see her. There is Jean-Pierre, the eldest, who has taken on his role of (too) responsible big brother since his father died. We then find Juliette, pregnant with her first child at 40 and who dreams of a literary career.

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Margaux, for her part, is the rebel of the family, working as a freelance photographer. As for Mathieu, he is a young single man in his thirties. All of them go about their daily routine, yet with a feeling of unfinished business. When one of them decides to take a radical decision, their life will be turned upside down.

Casting side, I would like someone to wait for me somewhere has good people with Jean-Paul Rouve, Alice Taglioni, Benjamin Lavernhe, Camille Rowe, Elsa Zylberstein, Aurore Clément, Quentin Dolmaire and Eriq Ebouaney, among others.

9 years of waiting

Arnaud Viard is a longtime admirer of Anna Gavalda. Indeed, as he mentions in the press kit, he read I would like someone to wait for me somewhere when it was released in 1999. He loved the short stories so much that he sent the novelist a letter to congratulate her. The latter also ended up answering him to thank him. But the letter exchange did not stop there, as the filmmaker says:

A few years later, I met Anna Gavalda, who had seen and loved my first film Clara and I. I reread his news, and expressed the wish to make a film of it. I then had lunch with his editor and started writing the screenplay. We were in 2010.

Only, as the writing proceeds quietly and the production of the film kicks in, he realizes that no one is interested in funding the project. And this, despite the fact that I would like someone to wait for me somewhere was a hit in the bookstore. Moreover, previous adaptations of Anna Gavalda’s works have not been commercial failures. Far from there.

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But Arnaud Viard therefore left his project in the drawers, waiting for someone to want it. During this time, Anna Gavalda made sure that the rights of his work are kept only for him. Laudable thing, because quite rare in the world of cinema.

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I wish someone was waiting for me somewhere © Easy Tiger

In 2017, I would like someone to wait for me somewhere resumes his march forward. Indeed, Viard decides to rework the script and meets the future producer of the film Marc-Benoît Créancier. However, as the director states, the situation is really settling down. when a leading actor in the film decides to join the cast:

Everything was unlocked when Jean-Paul Rouve said yes to the project. Then, UGC, very enthusiastic about the scenario, positioned itself. From there, I thought to myself that I was – maybe, finally – going to be able to make this film.

Always believe in your dreams, no matter how long it takes. This is the lesson that Arnaud Viard will have learned.

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