June 8, 2023


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“To Love Again”: The film’s director was impressed by Celine Dion’s production

For his first steps on the big screen in movies Love again (Love again), Celine Dion worked with intensity, noticed and praised by director James C. Strauss. “Celine arrived on set incredibly prepared,” he said. She knew his lines so well she could recite them backwards.

“I still can’t believe it…especially since Celine Dion sang five songs for the film,” filmmaker James C. Strauss told QMI Agency by phone.

If he immediately thought of her while writing the screenplay, adapting the German romantic comedy. SMS for Ditch An adaptation of the eponymous novel by Sophie Kramer – I said to myself, “Because Celine is at Columbia Records, another Sony subsidiary, and Screen Gems, another Sony subsidiary, is producing the film. It has to work.”

A “real fake” Celine

Before penning the Quebec singer’s dialogues, the filmmaker wanted to do his homework. “I watched all her videos and listened to hours of interviews to give her expressions, the way she expresses herself and the things she says,” he said.

The result is “full of good humor and loyal to Celine, as she talks about her life, René and her children”. Because, during scenes full of comedy, Celine Dion becomes some kind of fairy tale goddess by encouraging Rob Burns (Sam Heughan) to fall in love with her and daring her to contact Mira. Ray (Priyanka Chopra Jonas).

Indeed, Meera has lost her wife. However, the number was given to a music journalist named Rob, who was soon deeply touched by the news. At the same time, for his assignment, Rob must interview Celine Dion. But rather than asking her professional questions, he asks her for romantic advice… and she does it with good grace!

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Filming took place in October 2020 and early 2021 in London, amid a pandemic, before moving to the US. It was at Uncle Sam’s Land that Celine Dion, Sam Heughan and Priyanka Chopra spent “four days shooting her scenes” with Jonas.

James C. said that this “real fake” Celine Dion would make a recurring character. When it was pointed out to Strauss, “I’d love to write another role for her… who knows. She’s a good actress and I think her screen acting is the tip of the iceberg of her talent.”

Love again It will be released in theaters across the province on May 5.