Aline: for Celine Dion’s family, the film “goes too far”

Valérie Lemercier was very apprehensive about the reception of her film “Aline” in Canada. The reason ? The actress was marked by a very bad experience at the start of her career in Quebec. However, the Quebec public seems to have appreciated the feature film directed by the actress, the newspaper “La Presse” even evokes “a long ovation” from the public. Conversely, Celine Dion’s family is very disappointed with the film. If the fictional work is inspired by the life of the artist and his entourage, it has nevertheless taken some liberties concerning its history and changed the names. But for Claudette and Michel Dion, it does not work. Invited in the Quebec show “La Semaine des 4 Julie”, they did not hesitate to criticize certain passages of the film which shocked them a lot.

“I don’t recognize the language, I don’t recognize my family, I don’t recognize our roots”

Aware that the film is intended to be comic and not a biopic, they all the same mentioned several scenes which, for them, do not reflect their story, nor that of their sister. “I don’t recognize the language, I don’t recognize my family, I don’t recognize our roots. My mother never spoke like that to René, and Céline never wanted for anything. We pass for a gang of Bougon [équivalent québécois des Bidochons]. I’m sorry, but in Charlemagne, we didn’t have a cabin, it was always clean in the house, ”denounces Claudette Dion. She adds “We always say that we have never known misery because mum knew how to do everything and dad had three jobs. She [Valérie Lemercier], she bought herself a trip, a nasty trip on Celine’s back! An opinion shared by Michel Dion, brother of the singer, who held the role of tour manager for thirty with Celine Dion. “The film that we saw, Claudette and I, it is not exactly what we thought”, he affirms before continuing: “Even if they wanted to make a kind of comedy, for Mum , and even for Céline, it goes too far. “

“I’m not going to apologize for making this film”

This Wednesday, November 24, in an interview for the Canadian newspaper “La presse”, Valérie Lemercier reminded everyone that her feature film is above all a fiction. “I said from the start that this film 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. It is cinema, a fiction. I’m not going to apologize for existing and for making this film. […] I was very careful to pay tribute to him [à Céline] and never to spoil her and her family. I don’t think I messed around with the world. “Far from focusing on criticism, the actress and director prefers to retain good advice:” I prefer to look on the bright side. After the Tuesday night premiere, I also received testimonials from people very close to Céline who were very moved and who liked it a lot. “

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