Posted by Ana on May 30th, 2016 under Gallery, Interview
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What does your taste in home decor say about your personality? That question may be fodder for a BuzzFeed quiz, but in The Ones Below, a smart new psychological thriller starring Clémence Poésy, it has potentially chilling implications.
The stylish indie film (in theaters today) focuses on two young married couples sharing a two-story London house: Upstairs, Kate (Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) are a creative couple expecting their first child. Their flat brims with interesting knickknacks, books, and art. Downstairs, Theresa (Laura Birn) and Jon (David Morrissey) are also expecting a baby. Their space is a minimalist’s dream: pristine and modern—or is it cold and foreboding? (You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.)
“Stephen and I were constantly discussing which bit of furniture would look best in our flats,” admits Poésy. “I could have moved into that place right away—with different neighbors, though.” Throughout the shoot, the actress was aware of just how much Francesca Di Mottola’s impeccable production design set the scene. “It gave me a very precise idea of the kind of person Kate is,” says Poésy. “She’s a watcher; she’ll stay in the corner of the room observing everyone.” In real life, Poésy is a little more relaxed. Read on for a peek at a few of her favorite things.
What are your favorite pieces in your home? There are a few, and they’re all presents—drawings or photographs my friends have made that are now on my walls.
If you could own any work of art, what would it be? A painting by Anselm Kiefer, a sculpture by Giacometti, and one of Tracey Emin’s neons. They speak to my heart in a very particular way.
What’s on your bedside table? Abandoned sparkling-water bottles, George Saunders’s Thoughts on Kindness, my alarm clock, and room spray with neroli or lavender essential oils.
What song has been playing most often in your home of late? Nina Simone’s “Mister Bojangles.” Filling a house with her voice is such a wonderful thing.
What is the best-designed set you’ve ever worked on? Harry Potter’s was pretty spectacular. I always find the details on every set incredibly moving. I was very surprised at how sophisticated and amazingly stylish and thoughtful everything was for The Ones Below. Our production designer Francesca Di Mottola told the story visually—she did such an wonderful job!
What is the best movie prop you’ve gotten to take home—or wish you could have? I wish I could have taken my wand from Harry Potter with me. I think I could have scared off a few people with it.
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