“Aline”: Valérie Lemercier responds to Claudette Dion's criticisms

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Valérie Lemercier was not affected by the virulent comments of Claudette and Michel Dion, who demolished her comedy Aline lamenting that their family is portrayed as “a gang of Bougon”. “It's a fiction,” recalled the French actress and director.

Claudette and Michel Dion created a shock wave by delivering their first impressions of Aline on Tuesday evening – film freely inspired by the journey of their famous sister Céline Dion – on the set of the show La Semaine des 4 Julie. & nbsp;

Arguing that Valérie Lemercier was ” paid for a nasty trip on the back of Celine's life ”, the two members of the Dion clan said they did not recognize their family there, nor the Charlemagne house in which they grew up, presented as a cabin.

Claudette Dion added more on Wednesday by denouncing the Journal the “factual errors”, the “lack of research” of the script and the “bad taste” humor of the feature film. She even confided that she wanted to leave the screening at the start of the film. & Nbsp;

“When I saw my parents on an unpainted balcony of an old cabin, I wanted to leave the room immediately, she recounts. Our house in Charlemagne was not a cabin. It’s true we weren't rich, but we weren't living in poverty like what we see in the movie. “

Claudette Dion

A fictionalized story

In an interview with the Journal on Wednesday, Valérie Lemercier did not want to react directly to the words of Michel and Claudette Dion. & Nbsp;

“I did not watch [their interview at TV], but I've heard about it, she said. & nbsp;

“I said from the start that this movie was fictional and that there are a lot of things that have been invented and fictionalized. What interested me was having a little freedom to tell this story. This is cinema, a fiction. I'm not going to apologize for existing and making this movie. […] I was very careful to pay tribute to her [Celine] and never to spoil her and her family. I don't think I messed around with the world. “

Valérie Lemercier assures that Claudette and Michel Dion's comments surprised her but not saddened her. “I prefer to look on the bright side of things,” she slips. After the Tuesday night premiere [at Place des Arts], I also received testimonials from people very close [to Céline] who were very moved and who liked it very much. “

For Danielle Fichaud, who plays Aline's mother (character inspired by Maman Dion), everyone is entitled to their opinion. “But I think they [Claudette and Michel Dion] were too caught up in their story to understand that it is a fiction. Personally, I prefer to remember the number of people who told me that the film was a beautiful representation of Quebec and that the character I play was the mother or the grandmother they would have liked to have. “

Unsurprisingly, the question of the approximate Quebec accent often comes up in reviews published in Quebec. The French actress expected this and says she is ready to live with these reproaches. “We know very well that I am not from Quebec and that my accent is not perfect. But I didn't try to imitate Celine's voice and her way of speaking, ”she concluded.

Aline < strong> premieres Thursday.

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