Ilan Klipper, filmmaker: “My job is to transform my neuroses into something creative”

Simon (Damien Bonnard) in

Came from the documentary (Sainte-Anne, psychiatric hospital, 2010, and tightrope walkers, 2022), Ilan Klipper delivers, in his second fiction, a manual to help long-term couples to live in peace. Co-written with screenwriter, actress and humorist Camille Chamoux, the peace process, in theaters on Wednesday June 14, is inspired as much by the private life of its authors as by the Oslo agreements. The filmmaker explains how intimacy and geopolitics go hand in hand.

What motivated your desire to make a film about a couple in crisis who absolutely want to stay together?

My job is to take my neuroses and turn them into something joyful and creative. I did fifteen years of psychoanalysis, and when I started to write The Peace Process with Camille Chamoux, I was coming out of couples therapy. Long relationships fascinate me. I lived a first love story between my 18 and 30 years, then a second which lasts for fourteen years… The couple is the only place where I can feel psychically collapsed, because it is precisely there where very deep infantile things – the feeling that the other is no longer interested in you, for example, can cause great distress. The actress Marilyne Canto, with whom I worked, told me that she relaxed when she accepted the idea that the couple is where the shit is. When you know it, it becomes less dramatic.

Marie and Simon draw up a list of rules to avoid separation. How did the idea of ​​this “universal charter of couple rights” come about?

Camille Chamoux told me about her desire to write a screenplay called The peace. She started from the following idea: the world is chaotic, and when you go home, the war continues… It must be said that the couple is still a place of rather tumultuous permanent friction! How do you make life a little calmer, at least in privacy? We imagined that Marie and Simon, together for more than ten years and parents of two children, were like two hysterical kids who yell at each other all the time. We thought they needed a framework, something to put an end to insults: the charter.

The film approaches intimacy through the geopolitical prism, with reference to Israel-Palestine relations, two peoples who live on the same land but cannot communicate. Is dared…

I myself started a history thesis on the Arab-Israeli conflict but I stopped halfway. I found it funny that Simon had a project on the ideas of peace in the Middle East when his life as a couple was chaotic. I wanted to show the influence of intimate life on his work. For example, once, he can arrive at college desperate because things are going badly with his girlfriend. And then, the next time, arriving all smiles and not caring that an attack in the Middle East has caused many victims, because its charter makes it very happy. The choice of the Israeli-Arab conflict is a way of saying that what derails the situation are often questions of ego.

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