France 2 rebroadcast the film “ A man in a hurry » (2018) where the character played by Fabrice Luchini suffers a stroke while he wants to impose the release of an electric car. Available for free in replay until Tuesday January 30 on the France TV site, it is inspired by the story of the former boss of PSA, Christian Streiff. The two men even meet in a short sequence.
Birth of a separate article
The idea for an article can arise at any time. We start by watching a film that we find interesting. Then, professional deformation obliges, we will scrape a little on the Internet to go further than the scenario. Often it stops there. Sometimes, we discover a nugget, with an environment almost more sensitive than the film itself.
In any case, there is no reason to write an article about it for Automobile Propre. Unless there is a significant anchor in sustainable mobility. This is absolutely the case with “ A man in a hurry », since Alain Wapler (Fabrice Luchini) is at the head of an automobile group where he imposes the construction of an electric sedan in the face of investors who seek to oppose the project.
The real theme developed in the film directed by Hervé Mimran and produced by Matthieu Tarot, however, revolves around this question: what life after a stroke for a man completely absorbed by his work until then?
Fabrice Luchini is perfectly credible in this role, even if the former CEO of PSA does not recognize himself in the character. We are not going to develop the story much further in order to make you want to discover this film.
The future, line, comfort, luxury, 100% electric
However, nothing prevents us from highlighting the electric cars seen on screen. Some sometimes barely show a piece of the muzzle. Thus a black Renault Zoé which just protrudes from a wall. Wink ? Attention to detail ? Chance ? We won’t know, unless the director or someone close to the production does us the honor of responding in a comment following this article.
It is certain that we missed several EVs. The idea is not to make an exhaustive list either, but rather to highlight what is out of the ordinary. In the first four minutes, with Johnny Hallyday performing in the background “ I forgot to live “, we already have a lineup made up of a Tesla Model S between a BMW i3 and a BMW i8.
Cars that Wapler is testing, undoubtedly to both gauge the degree of maturity of the competition and to reinforce the idea of building its own trendy car, the LX2: “ The future, line, comfort, luxury, 100% electric “. Against the advice of investors who do not believe in this project, the launch of the machine was announced through the press for the 2017 Geneva motor show.
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Geneva Motor Show in 2017
No need to search the archives, the LX2 does not appear in the vehicles presented to the public during the Geneva Motor Show in 2017. On the other hand, we find many real images of this event. This is evidenced by the three seconds where we see the Dragonfly, this incredible electric car from Autobianchi Panoramica from the 1960s. Same layout, same carpet, same man in the film and the press photo that I used this time. that year to produce an article on this extraordinary machine.
The guy is the Swiss Henri-Philippe Sambuc, founder of Catecar at the origin of this dragonfly (translation of Dragonfly): “ No point in wanting to compare a Dragonfly and a Mercedes. In the mobility that we recommend, watt and fine particle counters are more important than speed and rpm counters ».
Exhibited on stand 6,229 at the Geneva International Motor Show, his car featured solar panels (4 km of autonomy per hour of sunshine), a range extender and a huge filter to purify the air permanently, stopping as well as when driving.
Like the Bee Bee XS to which it closely resembles, and presented in Geneva the previous year, the machine was based on a chassis designed by Beta Epsilon at Le Mans. Behind this company, Michel Lecomte, also at the origin of the PowiDian company where I went to report last year. How small the world is!
The true story
Does the LX2 have a future at the end of the story? Alain Wapler doesn’t care, and so do the vast majority of spectators who have already watched the film. But if you’re really interested, know that we discover it through furtive images that I’ll let you find in the end credits.
The story is inspired by what Christian Streiff actually experienced in 2008, when he was at the head of PSA. Dismissed from his position due to his stroke, he himself recounted this episode of his life in the work entitled “ I was a man in a hurry », published in 2014 by Editions du Cherche Midi.
Another originality in all this, Hervé Mimran offered Christian Streiff a small role in the film. This is how we can see him sitting next to Fabrice Luchini in the Pôle Emploi agency. Do you want to see or rewatch this film where a whole story is hidden behind the story? If yes, it is accessible in replay until Tuesday January 30, 2024 on the France TV website.
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