Sometimes, I should tell you that there are times when I wish I lived in France because of its cultural life. After all, I already know how to speak French so, I shouldn't have any difficulty to find a job and blend in. Anyway, yesterday, the trailer of the upcoming film L'autre Dumas (unofficial translation: The Other Dumas) has been released online and the film will be released in France on February 10, 2010.
Directed by Safy Nebbou, this film is a biopic dealing with the relation between French novelist Alexandre Dumas and Auguste Maquet, Dumas's ghostwriter (or "literary Negro" as the French said it back in the 18th and 19th century). The film takes place in February 1848. Alexandre Dumas (Gérard Dépardieu?) is at the height of his fame. Besides, what would his novels such as The Three Musketeers or The Count of Monte-Cristo have been without the help of Auguste Maquet (Benoît Poelvoorde)? However, Maquet decides to pass off as Dumas in order to seduce Charlotte Desrives (Mélanie Thierry), a fan of Dumas. Obviously, tensions will arise between Dumas and Maquet not just because of their love for Charlotte, but also because History. In fact, Alexandre Dumas is a republican while Auguste Maquet is a monarchist.
- The film is an adaptation of the stage play Signé Dumas, which was written by Cyril Gély and Éric Rouquette.
- Release date in France: February 10, 2010.
- Also starring: Dominique Blanc and Catherine Mouchet.