Maripier Morin and the lion's den

Maripier Morin and the lion’s den

Since Friday, we can see the trailer of the film Arlette, in which Maripier Morin plays the title role. This feature film tells the story of a fashion star catapulted into politics, as Minister of Culture.

In the trailer, the character played by Maripier Morin says about the cutthroat world of politics: “Why do I feel like I’m going to squeal in a lion’s den? “.

If it plays hard in politics, where knives fly low, it’s nothing next to the MMC (Wonderful World of Culture).

If politicians are lions, artists sometimes behave like vultures…

MORE THAN A “ST’ARLETTE”

I have the impression that this line sums up the apprehension of the film’s release well: how will the “zartistes” community react to the “second chance” given to Madame Morin? She plays the role of her life.

When the film, directed by Mariloup Wolfe, with a screenplay by Marie Vien, hits theaters on August 5, I hope that the small cultural milieu will have the decency to evaluate Maripier Morin’s on-screen performance according to …his on-screen performance.

When it was announced that Maripier Morin would have the title role in her film, director Mariloup Wolfe replied that the actress “had presented herself for an audition and that her performance had been remarkable”.

If an athlete has been at the heart of a controversy, he has had reprehensible behavior, but he represents himself in a sports competition after having taken control of himself, we will be able to evaluate his performance by objective criteria: Did he score a goal or not? Did he run fast enough, jump high enough, hit hard enough?

If only it were that easy in the arts.

On her Instagram account, where she shared beautiful filming photos, Maripier Morin wrote: “I had the chance to give the answer to cinema legends. Nothing less. […] I pinch myself again. »

Indeed, in the credits of the film, we see the names of Gilbert Sicotte, Benoît Brière, David La Haye, Kathleen Fortin, Emmanuel Schwartz, Micheline Lanctôt, Paul Ahmarani, etc.

Do you think all the actresses who would have dreamed of playing the role of Arlette will examine Maripier Morin’s performance without any trace of jealousy or envy? That the boyfriends in the community, who signaled their virtue at a time when Maripier Morin was the target of devastating allegations and reports, will put aside their “prejudices” and their “unconscious biases” and show “inclusion and “equity”?

And the public, him? To use an expression that we heard a lot last week, I am convinced that he is “out there”.

Maripier Morin has acknowledged his faults, recognized his addictions, set up a “Grains of Hope” project which has just donated $60,000 to three direct aid organizations (the Maisons Péladeau, the Pavillons du nouveau point de vue and the Le Rucher Addiction Treatment Center).

A WORLD WITHOUT MERCY

Elsewhere in the trailer, Arlette’s character says, “If there’s one thing I’ve fixed in my life, it’s to never trust others.”

Let’s hope that Maripier Morin has understood this correctly.

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