Julien Rappeneau’s directorial debut Rosalie Blum.

Noemie Lvovsky stars in Rosalie Blum.
Noemie Lvovsky stars in Rosalie Blum.

FRENCH director Julien Rappeneau was given stern advice from an early age by his father to avoid the film industry.

His Oscar-nominated writer/|director father Jean-Paul Rappeneau (L’homme de Rio), whose career spans six decades, knew firsthand the potential perils of the industry. And for a while, Rappeneau was successful in keeping clear of show business.

“I grew up with a family of film people. All my childhood, my father said, ‘Don’t go into cinema, it is a difficult career’,” he said.

“I started on a different path. I studied to be a journalist (so) I did not foresee that I would be a director, I wasn’t planning on it.”

But the film industry was in his blood and a segue into movies was inevitable.

“I discussed it with my father in the 1990s because I began working on a script for Bon Voyage (filmed in 2003),” he said.

“It is true; (the film industry) is difficult and chaotic.”

Now with more than a dozen writing credits to his name in the 13 years since his first produced script, Rappeneau has made his directorial debut with the adaption of Camille Jourdy’s comic book Rosalie Blum.

The comedy is about hairdresser Vincent Machot (Kyan Khojandi) experiencing powerful deja-vu when he sees grocery store clerk Rosalie Blum (Noemie Lvovsky) and begins following her.

Rappeneau said it took him so long to direct because he was waiting for the right project.

“I was working on scripts and wanted to have a project that got to me before I directed. I regularly read comics and I was struck by this one in particular,” he said.