Planetarium, a French and English language film, follows two sisters (Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp) who travel to Paris performing as clairvoyants. They cross paths with a visionary French producer (Emmanuel Salinger) who promises to make them famous if they star in his films. As their success mounts, their relationship is tested. The cast also includes the ever brilliant Louis Garrel, who you may know from Saint Laurent (2014) and The Dreamers (2003). The drama/mystery, directed by Rebecca Zlotowski looks to be an absolute marvel of French cinema, a sweeping portrait of pre-war France, of opulence and early show business. There is an underlining feeling of danger present in the trailer, suggesting perhaps the girls’ desire for fame or their ability to connect with ghosts amounts to more than is disclosed so far.
This is Lily-Rose’s chance to prove her worth and to find out whether her imminent rise as an actress is because Johnny Depp’s talents have been passed on to her or simply because of her surname. Interestingly, the French seem to have taken a liking to Lily-Rose, who also plays the role of an American intruding on the dancing scene in France in Stéphanie Di Giusto’s The Dancer. It seems as though Natalie Portman has taken a liking to acting in foreign languages, speaking French here and speaking Hebrew, her mother tongue in her feature length directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness which came out last year. Planetarium will be her second time working with a French director – the first being her very first role in Luc Besson’s Léon: The Professional.
Planetarium received a theatrical release in France, following rave reviews at it’s screenings at Venice, Toronto and London film festivals. There is no word yet of it’s release in the US or the UK. You can watch the trailer below.
Lily-Rose Depp in Planetarium
Lily-Rose Depp and Natalie Portman sharing a bath and a cigarette in Planetarium