Promonews - 23rd Sept 2021

Director Charles Mehling captures the intoxicating spirit of Paris for The Rolling Stones’ “Living in the Heart of Love,” the first song released off the 40th anniversary edition of Tattoo You. A hedonistic rock and roll love story set in the City of Light’s most shadowy hours, the monochromatic film serves as the de facto homage to Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away just days after the video wrapped.

“Living in the Heart of Love” tracks two female heroes – a modern-day Sid and Nancy (played by actors and real-life couple Nailia Harzoune and Marguerite Thiam Donnadieu) – and a cast of like-minded characters who traverse Paris after-hours, down for whatever magic the night has in store.

Known for his ability to capture iconic and sexy yet spontaneous moments, Mehling and his crew, assembled by executive producers Marieke Tricoire (Womanray Paris) and Olivier Gauriat (Barnstormer Productions), took a cinéma vérité approach over the two night-shoot, utilizing gritty, atypical Parisian backdrops and even the director’s own room at Hotel Grand Amour for the interior party shots. Archival footage of the Stones is cleverly interwoven into the scenes of a bacchanalian night to remember - culminating in an adventure that is glamorous, rebellious, and fun to watch.

The editing stays in lockstep with Charlie Watts’ swing-and-stomp drumming, channeling the Delta blues by way of Swinging London. The film was given an added stroke of relevance and poignancy by the timing of Watts’ passing just two days after wrapping.

Even more so by Mick Jagger’s request to close the film with the words “Charlie is My Darling,” a nod to the 1966 Stones documentary of the same name, written in script over an early morning shot of Sacré-Cœur and the sleeping city below. 

Credits

DirectorCharles Mehling
ProducerJulie Gonssard
Production CompanyA Just Fred Production
Executive ProducerMarieke Tricoire
1st ADLola Bernard
Director of PhotographyMartin de Chabaneix
2nd ACFrançois Pallud
WardrobeNatalie Yuksel
HairQuentin Guyen
Make-upLaurie Moreau
EditorBenjamin Ricart
Editing companyNightshift Paris
ColouristMaxime Mourey
Post production companyNightshift Paris
Lead actorMarguerite Thiam
Lead actorNailia Harzoune
Production CompanyWomanray Paris
Production CompanyBarnstormer Productions
Executive ProducerOlivier Gauriat
Executive ProducerAlexa Haywood
Creative DirectorSemera Khan

Promonews - 23rd Sept 2021

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