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MyFrenchFilmFestival: Morgane Polanski on ‘The Stroke,’ Obsession, Creating an Ocd World

MyFrenchFilmFestival: Morgane Polanski on ‘The Stroke,’ Obsession, Creating an Ocd World

Paris — A world premiere, Morgane Polanski’s “The Stroke,” starring fellow “Vikings” co-star Edvin Endre, bowed Friday on MyFrenchFilmFestival, the UniFrance global online showcase of French films. Polanski’s follow-up to “The Understudy,” her debut short film as a director, “The Stroke” also suggests a budding auteur.

Both films focus on obsessions. In Polanski’s debut, an unhinged understudy (Imogen Sage, a co-scribe with Polanski), who, un-admired and unseen – just as Salomé sees herself in Wilde’s play, for which she understudies – extracts a bloody revenge on the actress playing Salomé.

Co-written with business partner Serena Jennings, “The Stroke” has a way gone Obsessive-compulsive disorder (Ocd) sufferer, whose life of utter order and hygiene is disturbed when the neighbors’ black cat suddenly appears and sits – completely unsymmetrically! – outside his window.

In both, visuals are vital and bold, a blood-red curtain, costume, coat and wine presaging the (off-screen) denouement of “The Understudy,” decor embodying

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