8/2003 - Samuel is currently filming "The Last Sign" with Andie McDowell, Bruce
Greenwood and Tim Roth up in Montreal. Filming through Aug. 17 if you are in the area.
'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not' ('A La Folie, Pas Du Tout')available on DVD August 12, 2003.
There is word that Samuel is currently filming the sequel to 'Restons Groupes'. Naturally, I cannot
find any further information on this, but will post when it becomes available.
'A La Folie, Pas Du Tout' will be coming to the States in early 2003. According
to 'Variety Magazine', the film is being purchased by Samuel Goldwyn Studios and renamed 'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not'.
I am eagerly looking forward to this one! More U.S. exposure for Samuel & Audrey!
Samuel will star in 'Fury' the next movie of Karim Dridi. This will be the story of an
ex-boxer turned mechanic who falls in love with a young Chinese woman in the 13th district of Paris. They will encounter the
prejudices from both sides of the community (think 'Jungle Fever'). Shooting is scheduled from May to June, 2002.
-- Samuel has been attached to this movie since early 2000. I found a casting call notice for a female lead from March
2000 and he was already signed.
Samuel originally had no less than three (!) movies set for release in April 2002. Now, we all know how many times American
films change their release dates according to the competition, weather, and cycles of the Moon... I am expecting the same
to be true with these movies. Although a month of Samuel could be quite tolerable.
The first movie on the platter is 'À La Folie, Pas Du Tout'. I can't get a good translation
but 'With All the Madness' is my guess. It is a romance with Samuel and Audrey Tautou. Audrey is the adorable young lady that
made 'Amelie' such a treat to watch. She and Samuel also co-starred together in the 1999 hit 'Venus Beauty Institute'.
From what I have read the story involves Audrey's character falling in love with Samuel's character who is a married cardiologist
with a child on the way. Hopefully this one will make it to some of the American art houses so we can see another Samuel movie
on the American big screen. I have added a link to the trailer to the Links and on the Home Page. It looks pretty good, very
stylish with a dark twist. This one is scheduled for release on March 27, 2002. The original release date
was April 3, 2002.
The next one is 'Trois Zeros' (Three Zeros - even I could translate that one). This is a movie
featuring soccer (that would be football for the rest of the globe). From the director of 'Jet Set'. This movie is about
three 'losers' who become involved (and re-involved) with the soccer business. I am not certain which role Samuel will play
since I can't find his name attached to a character. The story is: Two men are prison cellmates. The day before they
are released they decide to make a pact. One is a soccer whiz and goes on to become a star with his friend being his agent.
They convince a retired soccer star to come back to the sport. This film was originally set for release on April 24, 2002,
but it was pushed back to June to coincide release with the World Cup.
The next movie is 'Une Affaire Privee' (A Private Business). Samuel is seventh down on the
cast list, so I do not know how large a role he has in this one. The plot is: A policeman is investigating a disappearance
and quickly runs into problems with ends up interfering with his own life while meeting colorful characters along the way.
Currently set for release on April 30, 2002.
In the Can/Post-Production:
with Gerard Depardieu & Samuel is currently set for release on September
. I am not certain whether Samuel is actually in this one or not. He was originally scheduled and then there
are stories that he pulled out to film 'A Private Affair'. It began filming in September, 2001 and should be in post-production.
The story is:
In the 17th century, Blanche De Perronne (Lou Doillon), fourteen, is witness to the murder of her parents by
the captain of the death squad of the Mazarin Cardinal. Fifteen years later, Blanche how grown to be a beautiful woman. She and
her misfit friends seek revenge for her parents death. She meets "The Foreigner" (Samuel Le Bihan), a solitary mercenary,
who proposes an attack on the Cardinal's convoy. The ambush succeeds and the group discovers two invaluable goods very coveted
by its Eminence: a nefarious substance, called "powder of the Devil " and a coded letter that only Bonange, a spy on the payroll
of Mazarin, is able to decipher.
The Cardinal will stop at nothing to secure the return of his substance and of the famous letter, leaving Blanche and The
Foreigner in harm's way...
Currently floating around in 'To Be Released
Land' is 'La Mentale' (The Mental One). I don't know whether this is referencing a smart one or
a crazy one. I am assuming from the cast listing that Samuel has the title role in this. After spending four years behind
bars, the protagonist is coming home to the suburbs. However, he still has friends in the crime world who want his
help. This co-stars Clotilde Courau who was also in 'Une Affaire Privee'. This film was dated
for release in 2001 but will hopefully be out in the next few months.