Wedding scene, the year 2000—only it isn't Emma's wedding. She tries to maintain her dignity in a too-hot polyester dress.
All the scenes take place on July 15, but every sequence is a new year. Early in the Nineties, Emma and Dexter are on holiday in France. The close-ups were shot in Pinewood, outside London—our last shooting day. So hard to say goodbye.
Emma at her most elegant—all trembling hands and hidden agendas.
Anne and me in Brittany. I try to direct quietly and with respect and precision, but this looks like I"m giving her a parking ticket. In France, you have extremely high status as a film director. It must have gotten to my head. But Anne was tolerant.
The opening scene, 1988. The first day Emma and Dexter spend together. The scene is lit so the sun rises gradually from shot to shot. Emma's blue typewriter follows her through the years from one home to the next.
Emma and Dexter meet in Edinburgh, where we got to shoot for a couple of days. It was so stunningly beautiful and everything was so soft: the grass, the water, the tartan cashmere.
Few parts have the complexity and humour of Emma Morley. She takes many detours to find the most love and the best possible job. Her idyllic year in Paris is one of them.
Dusk in Brittany. We were euphoric with the light we got. Anne was so concentrated, every look so charged. Her Emma Morley is full of fragility and hopeless attempts to be cool, but warm enough to heat the English Channel.