I WANT TO BE LOVED / BESOIN D’AMOUR / 海の底からモナムール

I WANT TO BE LOVED

I WANT TO BE LOVED is a French-Japanese coproduction directed by a Japanese speaking french director Ronan Girre who lived between Japan and France over the last 20 years.
Ronan Girre was always been fascinated by the very specific connection of Japanese people with super-natural beings in their everyday life.
Gods, spirits and ghosts are everywhere in Japan including on our film set according to the film crew. They can be considered as scary or friendly creatures according to the moment and the place. However no one doubts it : they are there.
Maybe one has to be French to feel how human they are after all…

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I WANT TO BE LOVED / SYNOPSIS

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Ten years ago Miyuki committed suicide, jumping from a cliff, in the island where she was living near Hiroshima. She was seventeen, she was bullied everyday at school, she was in love with Takuma, also seventeen.
Takuma comes back to the island where he was born. Ten years have flown away. Miyuki died long ago, however she still loves him.

I WANT TO BE LOVED / BESOIN D’AMOUR / 海の底からモナムール

I WANT TO BE LOVED / DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY

Ronan Girre has directed a first feature film in France in 2001 VIRILITE. Then he worked as a film producer, a script writer and a music composer on a number of features and tv fictions. He lives and works in Paris but travels regularly to Japan for family reasons. He speaks Japanese fluently and has been working occasionally in the Japanese film business.

I WANT TO BE LOVED / BESOIN D’AMOUR / 海の底からモナムール

I WANT TO BE LOVED / AN INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR RONAN GIRRE

Why would a french director based in Paris do a Japanese ghost movie in Japan ?

The first Japanese film I saw as a teenager was a black and white ghost story, Ugestsu Monogatari by Kenji Mizoguchi. Since that day I had a passion for Japanese ghost stories. Much later I spent a lot of time in Japan, started to speak Japanese and married my Japanese wife. I learned a lot about the japanese society and their vision of the hereafter. From a western perpective it is a very poetic and powerful vision, absolutely fascinating. This made me want to write that film… Then it took me a few more years to be able to shoot it in Japan.

Is your film a genre movie ?

It is a dark and creepy romance: horror is always psychological and emotional. It is a genre movie without being a gore movie, except at some point… I wanted the audience to keep some kind of empathy with Miyuki. She is a ghost, she is dangerous like a ghost is. But first she is a girl in love and she is in pain.

Why did’nt you do this film in France ?

The french don’t believe in ghosts. They are not affraid of them. They are too logical. Shooting this film in Japan where the film crew, the actors and their agents, and even the financiers truly believe in ghosts was a wonderful experience. It is almost impossible to shoot a movie like this in Europe : it would have to be grotesque and comical. The audience would not take it seriously. They would want to laugh instead of being sincerely horrified. And there would be no space for poetry.

In which language did you write the script

I wrote it in french, then wrote the dialogues in Japanese with the help of a Japanese writer. Finally we polished them with the actors. They helped me a lot and we had a great time doing that together.

Do you always compose the music of your own films ?

Yes. I started in the film business as a composer and worked with many french directors as Eric Rohmer among others.
For this film I did a collaboration with a talented french DJ, Clement and his band Aswefall. Clement is also the artistic director of Colette Music from the wellknown Colette-Paris company. We started with a simple piano theme that I composed while writing the script. Having a musical theme before shooting is important for me.

I WANT TO BE LOVED / BESOIN D’AMOUR / 海の底からモナムール

I WANT TO BE LOVED / CREW

I WANT TO BE LOVED
DIRECTED & WRITTEN : Ronan GIRRE

MUSIC :
Ronan GIRRE & Aswefall
Produit by Clément / Aswefall
Guitare Léo / Aswefall
Piano Ryoko KUSAMA

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : Dominique COLIN

LIGHTING : Hideki Muraji

SOUND : Rei Kokubun

CHIEF EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS :
Hiroki TANAKA
Kousuke ONO
Daichi MONDEN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS :
Juri FUKUSHIMA
Maho KONDO

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER :
Nicolas POLLACCHI
Sandrine POLLACCHI
Olivier GARCIA

I WANT TO BE LOVED / BESOIN D’AMOUR / 海の底からモナムール