Alexandre Coffre’s new film is a road movie about a bitterly divorced couple trying to get to Greece for their daughter’s wedding. It is not a situation that most people would find funny. But in the hands of the two stars Valérie Bonneton and Dany Boon it becomes comical. “To be full of hatred is not very funny. Couples arguing in the street is not very funny for them. So as an actor you have to find the genuine truth of the characters and just twist it a little to make it funny,” said Valérie Bonneton.
The film is set during the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, which produced so much volcanic ash that flights were disrupted worldwide. Using the volcano’s name for the film makes it almost totally certain that the film will be known as “the new Dany Boon” movie. He is however, so famous for his comedy “Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis” that this can only help sell tickets.
Dany Boon is confident that the film will find its audience: “Well, making a road movie isn’t easy. The audience has to stick with the main characters throughout the whole movie, so you need strong characters to make the story work. Making people laugh is a serious business.”
Eyjafjallajökull is now on release in France, Belgium and Switzerland.