Filmed during the pandemic spreading with minimal equipment, “Malcolm & Marie” is one of the most anticipated films of the season. The film stars John David Washington and Zendaya, written and directed by Sam Levinson, author and director of “Euphoria”. In black and white and with actors only, it’s a very intimate movie that explores a couple’s relationship.
The script for “Malcolm & Marie” was written in Six Days by its director and filmed secretly in a house located in Carmel, California, in 35mm format. The plot centers around the love story of a director and his girlfriend, who put their relationship to the test after returning home from the premiere of their movie and awaiting critical responses.
Sam said to me, ‘Why don’t we just do something with two people, delete everything else and do it in black and white? A play by a couple in a few hours, on only one location. And you have the exit. He came home from the premiere of his movie while he was there with his girl (…) Then chaos broke out, “recalls Zendaya, who is also the producer of the film. He added,” And I said, ‘You are with me, go for her.’ Let’s do it. “
The film explores the secrets of this couple, examines the nature of their relationship, and tries to discover the keys to their love or lack of love.
The Emmy Award winner for Best Actress emphasized that working slowly and ultimately on her behalf is essential. He said, “We had time while we were making reservations together, so being in the room of JD (Washington), Marcel (Reeve, Director of Photography), we got to ‘live’ the material and dive into it.”
Levinson knew Zendaya well through her successful collaboration on “Euphoria”, but to replicate it needed an actor as fully ready for a challenge as “Malcolm & Marie”.
She explained: “I wrote the character of Mary the way I know Zendaya: confident, cheerful, but also tough and not afraid of disagreement.” “So I was writing this character who was really cool. I think the reason JD came to mind is that she is the only person I can imagine moving you in front of her (…) and it is possible to do with kindness and humor.”
For its part, Washington, who has appeared in films such as “BlacKkKlansman” or “Tenet,” praised Levinson’s line, which was characterized by large monologues and continuous intersections between the two characters.
“I saw myself trying to catch Bassam and Zendaya the same way that Robert De Niro says Scorsese texts or Samuel L Jackson does it with Tarantino’s words. I feel that kind of relationship. It was inspiring on a daily basis to watch. How they communicated, how passionate the discussions about art are .. It was like the Creativity Olympics: the best idea wins, ”said Washington, who is also the producer of the film.
The film will be available on Netflix starting February 5 and is a strong candidate for Academy Awards, according to film critics.