‘ACTOR-WHISPERER’ JEAN-MARC VALLÉE RETURNS TO TV WITH SHARP OBJECTS

Quebec director hints he'll be back making French-language cinema — eventually

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Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée attends the premiere of Sharp Objects at the Cinerama Dome on June 26, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée is diving back into television for yet another highly-anticipated HBO miniseries.

And somewhat similar to his last venture, Big Little Lies, this one can be described as a “heartbreaking family story and a very dark murder mystery,” according to Vallée.

Sharp Objects features Amy Adams as reporter Camille Preaker, who’s been sent back to her hometown of Wind Gap, Mo., to write a newspaper article on the murder of one young girl and the disappearance of another.

The eight-episode series is based on the book of the same name by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote Gone Girl. Vallée said Flynn’s words were what first drew him to the story.

“Gillian’s brilliant,” Vallée said from Montreal. He particularly loves how she depicted Preaker and her “obsession with words, the way she uses them to heal and harm.”

The draw of television

Preaker is so complex, Vallée said, that it wouldn’t do justice to limit her to a two-hour feature film. He said television has become the place to go for character-driven stories, especially ones featuring strong women.

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