The recently released French film Serial (Bad) Weddings (Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu ?) by Philippe de Chauveron has become a box office sensation. The introspective comedy, following the French cinematic tradition, is both an impetus of laughter and reflection, commenting on ideological positions through the use of “normalized” racially charged dialogue. Three out of four children in a conservative French family decide to sequentially marry an Arab, a Jew, and an Asian, causing household criticism and leaving the youngest daughter, Laure, with the responsibility of restoring familial honor. This week’s spotlight features that youngest star of the film: a fresh face by the name of Élodie Fontan.
At the ripe age of 26, Fontan has already accomplished a 20-year acting career. The Seine-Saint-Denis native began her venture on the screen in advertising, first appearing on television for Nissan in 1993. She also did commercials for Sailor Moon, Quick, and Euro before breaking into the French TV industry, acting in series such as Boulevard du Palais, R.I.S. Forensics, and Clem. Fontan also has dabbled in voice dubbing, doubling the French voice of characters in Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love.
Though she played a leading role in the 1996 film, The Best Job in the World (Le Plus Beau Métier du monde), alongside the likes of Gérard Depardieu et Michèle Laroque, Serial (Bad) Weddings is Fontan’s first true testament to her adult talent. The witty film forces a visual interpretation of a France coming to terms with a multi-cultural society, and if this former child star has long-term potential. Decide for yourself if this new blonde-haired, brown-eyed celebrity’s career will flounder or flourish. Serial (Bad) Weddings is out in theatres now.