In La Rochelle, there is no red carpet, but a rise in people, as in the first days of the festival, including one outside the walls of Jonzac (Charente-Maritime) in 2011 that was close to collective hysteria. A sympathetic madness, however, even if the teams of “Plus belle la vie” and “This is where it all began”, the little cousin of TF1, crossing the paths, continued the protocol.
“The Girl at the Bistro”
From Saintes (Charente-Maritime) with her husband to spend the weekend in the city of the prefecture, not knowing the existence of the festival, Catherine did not return to see what she sees “every day”. “She’s the girl from the bistro. He is the lawyer, the other is the surgeon. She is the girl who loves a priest. He is younger than the series. »
Knowledge of the series’ plot of about 4,600 episodes is mostly unrelated to memory of names. “He is Jean-Paul, the policeman [Stéphane Henon], pointed to Catherine. I call them by their first name in the series. This is how Anne Décis will hear herself praised “Luna”, Sylvie Flepp “Mirta”, Cécilia Hornus “Blanche”, Pierre Martot “Léo” or Laurent Kérusoré “Thomas” for a long time to come, as shown in the bath of the people. yesterday.
“It’s very difficult, I have to wash the dishes. »
Even those who claim to know nothing about “Plus belle la vie” have references. “It’s Roland from the bar!” [Michel Cordes] “, burst into joy a group of young Poitevin walking. “Hey, kid, come here! Michèle and Christine cried laughing, pointing their phone at Tim Rousseau, one of the cadets of the series. The two former colleagues from the Alstom factory in Aytré were devastated and they announced their favorite actors. “We miss you, don’t stop! What are we going to do on our couch? Shall we knit ? »
“I watched “More beautiful life” every night since the beginning, in 2004, Michèle confessed, recovering from her feelings. If necessary, I save it. That it will stop, it can’t, I don’t believe it. I told myself they would continue. It’s so hard, I’ll wash the dishes. »
The public communion took place on Saturday afternoon at the Verdière theater, where 380 privileged people – the seats were sold in a few minutes this summer -, all generations combined, were able to attend one an unprecedented event in the history of the Festival de la fiction.
After the credits of the series taken by the chorus, the twenty actors lend themselves to a quiz in the style of “Questions for a champion”, to test their knowledge and the biggest fans of “the adventure of the Mistral bar. ” .
Less often, it is seen as unique in the room, it is known that the series is almost called “Mistral winner”, whose artificial decoration (constructed by Belle de Mai studios) is inspired by the district of Panier in Marseille, which is seven a child was born above. the stages. Or that “Plus belle la vie” was the first French series that dared to show a gay marriage on screen, eleven days after the promulgation of the law allowing it.
Transidentity, gestational surrogacy (GPA), addictions, migrants, Alzheimer’s disease, ecology… The scriptwriters follow, every day, the evolutions of society as well as the concerns of the moment. This is why many, among the millions – five at the peak of the peak audience – of viewers stuck in front of their TV every night at the same time of the high mass at 8 pm, recognize the characters.