which famous lawyer, who committed suicide in 2013, inspired this Machiavellian story?

In the psychological thriller Villa Caprice, by Bernard Stora, broadcast this evening for the first time on Canal+, Patrick Bruel (whom we interviewed for the occasion) plays Gilles Fontaine, a very wealthy businessman targeted by a judicial inquiry, for having got his hands on a sumptuous property on the Côte d’Azur by buying a politician. He was denounced by the wife of a minister, revealing a system of bribes with hidden accounts in Singapore. To organize his defence, Gilles Fontaine calls on a famous tenor of the bar, Maître Luc Germon, camped by Niels Arestrup. A solitary man entirely devoted to his career, respected and feared by his peers. Between the two men with oversized egos, a strange power relationship develops, a psychological showdown where each tries to manipulate the other.

The Olivier Metzner mystery

The idea for this screenplay came from his co-author, the journalist and novelist Pascale Robert Diardwho is a court reporter at World since 2002. In March 2013, the suicide, at the age of 63, of Master Olivier Metzner, a tenor of the bar very prominent on the Paris market and courted by the media, had particularly marked her. The man had boarded his boat alone and had thrown himself into the water off the island of Boëdic, which he had bought in the Gulf of Morbihan. He had left a letter in which he indicated his last wishes. Me Olivier Metzner was then at the height of his glory, represented the most brilliant success. The lawyer was in charge of the most resounding cases of the time: his clients were called Dominique de Villepin (for the Clearstream case), Bertrand Cantat, Jerome Kerviel, Françoise Meyers-Bettencourt, Loïc Le Floch-Prigent, Jacques Crozemarie, Florent Pagny, the former dictator Manuel Noriega… His address book included a good number of CAC 40 bosses. His fees amounted to millions of euros. In his letter, Olivier Metzner had not provided an explanation for his gesture. His suicide took everyone by surprise.

Freely inspired

Director Bernard Stora explains his move away from the original story: “How did a man at the height of his career, rich, influential, come, without anything to predict, to end his life? There was material for a film there: her (Pascale Robert-Diard, editor’s note) spoke to me about it, as well as to Jean-Pierre Guérin, my producer, who was immediately won over by the project. I must say that I was torn between the desire to collaborate again with Pascale, who a very fine and sharp eye on the current world, and a kind of personal unease at dealing with a subject that is too close to reality Shyness or modesty – I don’t like to interfere in people’s lives, I feel constrained, I prefer to imagine it. I did not see myself at all investigating Olivier Metzner, documenting myself, questioning his relatives etc We therefore set out, Pascale and I – joined a little later by Sonia Moyersoen – to invent an entirely original story and characters.

A film to discover on Canal+

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