Alice is a trader. Moise works for the FSB. Sandra is his assistant. Ivan Beres is a Russian billionaire oligarch. He owns a bank in Monaco. The one where Alice works.
The quartet is in place. The thriller can begin. But nothing will happen as planned. First of all because nobody is really what they seem. Then, because when feelings get mixed, everything gets mixed. And the mess is not far.
Profiled as a romantic action blockbuster, Möbius will allow us to meet up with two of the world’s most famous actors, Jean Dujardin and Tim Roth, as well as two of our leading actresses, Cécile de France and Emilie Dequenne, who (unless we are mistaken) are meeting here for the first time on the big screen
A hi-tech, ultra-modern financial thriller, Mobius owes much to the world of Alfred Hitchock, who was unrivaled in his ability to complicate his most relentless thrillers with a touch of improbable romanticism. The influence is clearly claimed by the sympathetic Éric Rochant who wrote and directs this high tension thriller. An enthusiastic Éric Rochant who is hungry for cinema, thirsty for sensations on the big screen.
“I have always dreamed of telling a love story. Not a story that would fit into the social or psychological reality of today, but a spectacular story fed by an extraordinary adventure. A story of unreasonable love endangered by a fascinating environment, explains the director of this blockbuster intended to compete with the Americans on their favorite territory. And who could do it.
For this, the producers (among whom the Belgians from Artemis) have done everything possible by summoning an incredible cast: two international male stars: Jean Dujardin and Tim Roth, but also two Belgian actresses of the first rank: Émilie Dequenne and Cécile de France who will be the real heroine of the film.
Jean Dujardin plays Moise, a senior agent of the FSB, the new name of the KGB. On a mission in France, the young Sandra is assigned to his service. She has to shoe a trader and get him to collaborate with the Russians.
It is for Émilie Dequenne a role quite different from what she has been offered so far. A very amusing interlude that allows her to cross swords with Tim Roth who was the president of the jury that distinguished her at Cannes for her performance in A Perdre la raison.
Tim is here the big bad, the man to kill. Like some of his compatriots who have made a fortune in real life, Ivan Beres is a Russian oligarch, close to power but strongly suspected of more than doubtful manipulations. It is him that Moses must bring down.
But he will not be able to do anything without the help of Alice, Cécile de France. It operates in the Monegasque bank, which belongs precisely to Beres. Will she take the deal? Under what conditions?
Mobius is above all a story of love, continues the director who signs here his great return to the big screen after a few years spent on television, notably at the helm of the formidable series Mafiosa, a series that will soon have the right to an American remake. Like The Killing (Denmark) or In Treatment (Israel). The class! As it seems to me that the greatest love stories are almost always based on a strong impeding situation (family, clan, social or professional prohibition, internal contradictions), I decided to place this story in a particularly constraining environment that I know well, that of intelligence.
Éric Rochant is indeed known for having directed, besides Anna Oz, Total Western, Aux Yeux du Monde or Un Monde sans Pitié, an excellent international thriller with Yvan Attal, Les Patriotes.
What fascinated me was to show the conflict between the structure and the fluid of love. And the more constraining the structure is, the more powerful, urgent, elusive, insatiable the fluid is. It grows inside, it resists, it explodes, it spreads, using every crack in the structure.
Nice definition, full of metaphors
Passionate about cinema, but also about new technologies, and aware that it is now possible to share on a very large scale an almost intimate experience such as the shooting of a film, Éric Rochant has decided to take to Twitter to comment on each phase of his work. Every day, he sent small messages to his followers who are nearly 1500.
You can review all this by tracking the hashtag of the film (#Möbius). A fascinating process, especially since the director also had fun sending some very interesting making of photos on the net