We arrived at 6pm in Angles-sur-l’Anglin and were greeted by Diana Hager and Dominique Fuscien, managers of Le Relais du Lyon d’Or, the village’s only hotel. Diana is from Buffalo, New York, so meeting an American in one of the film’s potential locations was especially helpful. Angles-sur-l’Anglin is truly a place lost in time, with impressive views of the Anglin River and Loire Valley from the ruins of an 11th Century castle that sits atop the village. Against a setting sun, we scouted houses, shops, cafés and streets in Angles-sur-l’Anglin, one of the locations that is written into the film’s script and by all appearances, holds a great deal of promise. Logistically, it’s a four-hour drive from Paris, or a two-and-a-half-hour train ride.
The Relais du Lyon d’Or has nine spacious rooms and could house as many members of the film’s cast and crew. The next nearest hotel is only seven kilometers away, so traveling to and from the set would be no trouble. The Lyon d’Or overlooks a courtyard that also serves as an eatery, and it’s large enough to film the open air cinema nights that are written into the script. Getting around Angles-sur-l’Anglin was quite easy and it’s not more than ten minutes walk to any point in town. The heights and angles here are extraordinary, and it’s a village that is “lived” in. In fact, we were told by Diana that due to its remote location and reticence to become overrun like other tourist destinations, it’s less traveled to and change is slow.
The images below pretty much tell the story. There’s a natural beauty in Angles-sur-l’Anglin and it isn’t a village that’s been polished down to the last nail head. It’s cinematic and has everything the script requires. The following morning, we met the Honorable Mayor Bernard Tricoche and were given a guided tour. Everyone we met in Angles-sur-l’Anglin was affable and open to a feature film production coming to their fair village. I can’t think of a single reason not to make a movie here.