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The Petit Nicolas turns in Noirmoutier

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Kad Merad and Valérie Lemercier, parents of little Nicolas.

Jean-Marie Leroy

The team of the film "The holidays of the Little Nicolas" put his luggage on the beach of the Ladies of Noirmoutier, in a setting straight out of the 60s. Memories of a filming vitamin.

Le Petit Nicolas returns on the big screen but this time on vacation in Noirmoutier. The director of the film, Laurent Tirard, entrusts to Côté Ouest his sixties choices for the setting of the shooting.

West side: Why Noirmoutier?

Laurent Tirard: We wanted the West Coast for its family vacation spirit. Mr. Hulot Jacques Tati was our reference. Two people crisscrossed the Atlantic coast for two and a half months. The search was very precise, until the discovery of the beach of the Ladies wood of Chaize. So, there was no hesitation: no building, only one quaint hotel, a crescent moon beach with the forest around. A postcard landscape totally intact.

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The refreshment bar built for the film was bought by residents of Ladies Beach at the end of the shoot. They donated it to Noirmoutier. The decor is now a rescue station. With this maxi-cabin, little Nicolas leaves his mark on the beach.

West Side: What was the decorative intervention for the shoot?

Laurent Tirard: The site was ideal for our scenes because there was nothing to break or hide. To give it the tone of the work of Goscinny and Sempé, and to follow the code of the time, we simply dressed the actors by drawing, of course, in the palette of the 60s. The white beach cabins were striped in turquoise, the guardrails of the beach awakened in canary yellow. We installed shutters on the facade, which did not have any, and chose the furniture, the wallpapers, the lights and the clothes. The research and installation of the decorative elements took four months. I arrived three weeks before the shoot. The island only talked about the colors of the decor, I heard the comments on the market, it was fun. In the film, the universe of the school is centered around gray and red. That of the beach and the Beau-Rivage hotel is much more toned.

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In a sixties setting, Djodjo, Nicolas, Crépin, Fructueux, Como and Blaise build their sand castle. Between Nicolas and Isabelle will be born a pretty romance.

West side: The 60's come back in force. The furniture of this era is today ultratendance.

Laurent Tirard: Yes, it's a coincidence, but I have at home, in Paris, Scandinavian design furniture 60s. I love this time.

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West side: Did your vacation resemble Nicolas's?

Laurent Tirard: As in the story of René Goscinny's Petit Nicolas, my parents did not always agree. My mother wanted to spend her holidays abroad, my father in France. Generally, my father won. For seven years, we spent the summer near Cavalaire on the Côte d'Azur. Those of Nicolas, filmed between July and October last, are different, very impregnated "West". Valérie Lemercier and Kad Merad, the parents accompanied by the grandmother (Dominique Lavanant), spent an unforgettable holiday at the Beau-Rivage hotel. And we had the feeling of being projected in time. The team members had already worked together, we had no pressure. The weather was beautiful, it was light and joyful, almost careless. When I finished filming, I thought it must be like that, movies in the sixties.

Release of the film on July 9, 2014.

Jean-Marie Leroy

Jean-Marie Leroy

Jean-Marie Leroy

Kad Merad and Valérie Lemercier, parents of little Nicolas.

Jean-Marie Leroy

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