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Posted By Maria   September 5th, 2015  Movies: Suite Française,Photos: Captures

I have updated the gallery with HQ screencaptures of Sam in the World War II movie Suite Française. He co-starred along Michelle Williams and Ruth Wilson. Check it out!

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Posted By Maria   July 29th, 2015  Interviews,Movies: Suite Française


The Fan Carpet’s Jessen Aroonachellum in association with Acting Hour spoke to Sam Riley for the Home Entertainment release of Suite Française

Can you talk about your character in Suite Française, and where they fit into the story?

Well, it’s set in Nazi occupied France, set in a small village. I play a guy called Benoit Labarie, a French farmer who is lame in one leg, which crippled him which meant he unable and he couldn’t fight on the front. Which torments him because all the other men could go out and fight. He’s stuck working on this farm and he’s married to Madeleine Labarie (Ruth Wilson) who is brilliant. And we get a Nazi officer who flirts with her and tries to provoke me into fighting him. And kinda circles around the main love story between Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts.

What was it like working with Ruth Wilson, Michelle Williams and Kristen Scott Thomas and rest of the cast?

It was cool. I haven’t seen much of Ruth’s stuff but as soon as we were rehearsing I soon realised she was a top class actress and that always raises your game which is a good thing. Michelle, similarly, we didn’t have many scenes together, but it was a treat to watch her work. That’s how are learn.

When you are in the room with Michelle or Kristin Scott Thomas, you just watch how they talk about how they do their hair in the morning and what they would wear and all the little decision they make and keeping their characters. How the protective of they character is fascinating to watch and watching people is great, it makes you better.

That must inspire you as an actor…

It makes you feel lucky. Yeah, like watching Kristin in Four Wedding and The English Patient, with my Mum and Dad and thinking she a great actress and you having a tea and gossip with her years later. It’s kinda surreal.

How much research did you do and what was it like filming on location?

It was great and working, well in some day we were in van but we were in Belgium and when you were looking at the landscape of this old farm and it was an old war time farm. It really does the work for you. Gives you great preparation. I read a lot about the French resistance. There’s a great film called ‘The Sorrow and the Pity’ and it’s about the Nazi Occupation. Which was banned for a long time in France because it showed you how much coexistence there was. It showed how many people went along with it. The vision is about resistance but a lot of it was the upper classes didn’t want their lives to seem messed around with. If they behave themselves, they kept the Manor House. So they behaved themselves. So, a lot of the time it was the working class or the farmer actually who took up the fight. There was some great stuff about farmers taking up the fight and the middle class did the switch to upper class society to Nazi society without much difficulties and I learn how to ride a motorbike and how to plough a field with a horse. Which was interesting.

It must have been interesting when you were filming those scenes?

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