Vaillante Diane

Diane Krüger on the set of "Michel Vaillant", June 2002.

Ten years after having entrusted the cinema adaptation of Michel Vaillant to Luc Besson, how do I feel now about this movie? That its greatest achievement was the unveiling of Diane Krüger’s talent. Following a knee injury, the young student from the Royal Ballet School had had to give up her dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. So, she was trying her luck in cinema, picking up roles in small films, until Michel Vaillant brought her to fame and launched her career internationally. She owes this rise to fame to her formidable talent, most undeniably. However, if Michel Vaillant hadn’t picked up this hitchhiker…

Dix ans après avoir confié l’adaptation cinématographique de Michel Vaillant à Luc Besson, quel sentiment me laisse ce film ? Que son plus grand mérite fut de révéler Diane Krüger. Blessée au genou, la jeune élève de la Royal Ballet School avait renoncé à ses rêves de danseuse étoile. Elle tentait sa chance au cinéma, dans de petits films, jusqu’à ce que Michel Vaillant la fasse connaître du grand public et la propulse vers une carrière internationale. Cela, elle le doit à son remarquable talent, c’est indéniable. N’empêche que si Michel ne l’avait pas prise en stop…

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