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In I Love America, Director Lisa Azuelos Pays Homage to Los Angeles

Lisa Azuelos’ new drama movie I Love America — out in the present day on Amazon Prime Video — tells the story of a French girl who strikes to Los Angeles and beings searching for love in her 50s. For Azuelos, it’s considerably autobiographical.

“I’m in love with Los Angeles,” Azuelos tells MovieMaker.

Within the film, the protagonist, Lisa (Sophie Marceau), quickly realizes that the boys who’re most all in favour of her on relationship apps are a lot youthful than her — so she embraces it. Seems, Azuelos based mostly the character on herself and her personal experiences with relationship youthful males — certainly one of whom impressed the character of John (Colin Woodell).

“We’re not collectively anymore, however we’re nonetheless very a lot in contact, and he’s certainly one of my greatest pals,” she says. “It’s not me who’s selecting after I’m on Tinder… it’s solely younger boys who hit on me. I am going up until 65 — I let the door open to 65-year-old folks — and from 40 to 65, they’re not all in favour of me.”

It’s additionally true that, similar to the character of Lisa whose mom is a well-known French singer, in actual life, Azuelos is the daughter of French singer and actress Marie Laforêt.

And though says relationship is much more straight forwards in France — and admits that “clearly, Paris is extra stunning” — she will’t assist however really feel a sure draw to the weather of Los Angeles that others would possibly take into account cliche. I Love America is as a lot a love letter to Los Angeles — a spot wherein it’s famously laborious so far — as it’s to America itself.

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“I really like the seaside. I really like the palm timber and I really like the sundown. I really like the colours. I really like the truth that on the partitions is ‘love your self’ or be ‘good to your neighbor’ — all this stuff that may appear lame, nevertheless it’s significantly better than simply horrible issues on the partitions that we are able to have in Paris,” she says. “All people right here has a dream to be right here. All people has needed to come back right here. It’s a really totally different feeling when all of the folks have the identical intentions that they comply with their goals and their goals led them right here. In Paris, persons are like, ‘What the fuck am I doing right here?’”

She hopes the film reveals the kinship she feels towards People.

“After I wrote it, Trump was was nonetheless president, and each American was so ashamed — like, ‘We’re not Trump, don’t decide us.’ And I used to be like, I’m not judging you. We had a shitty president [too], and I don’t decide you and I nonetheless love you guys. This was my method to specific that.”

I Love America is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Major Picture: Djanis Bouzyani, Sophie Marceau, and Colin Woodell in I Love America, directed by Lisa Azuelos, courtesy of Amazon Studios


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