Now available on Video On Demand, Chantilly Bridge is a sequel to the acclaimed 1993 feature Chantilly Lace. Filmmaker Linda Yellen returns 25 years later to continue the journey of lifelong friends (Talia Shire, Jill Eikenberry, Helen Slater, Lindsay Crouse, JoBeth Williams). Adding to the ensemble are Patricia Richardson and Naaji Sky Adzimah. Both newbies to the Chantilly world have a sizable role. This film comes highly recommended, and for more insight check out my interview with Yellen, Eikenberry and Richardson.
Jill Eikenberry appreciated the spontanous moments of the film. The narrative does not stick to a rigid script, as Yellen and company infused Chantilly Bridge with improvisational storytelling. “When Linda called about Chantilly Bridge, I felt very excited about having a chance to get back in that space we were in for Chantilly Lace. It still has a lasting impact me. When the dialogue is improvised to a great degree, listening becomes everything.”
Patricia Richardson plays the sister of Natalie (JoBeth Williams) in Chantilly Bridge (Williams provides narration in the feature). “I just feel lucky to work with them. Acting is all about listening, and when you have brilliant people that are doing amazing work, it’s really easy to listen and react because they are so great. You’re only as good as the people you work with.”
“We’re of course working on our next sequel,” said Yellen, who is developing another project titled One Stupid Thing. “We’re not going to wait (another) 30 years.
Full interview with Linda Yellen, Patricia Richardson, and Jill Eikenberry:
Chantilly Bridge is now available On Demand (you can purchase/rent the feature on **Amazon and support our site) and it is also playing this weekend at New York’s Village East.
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