Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)

A Film By Wim Wenders.

Tomas drives in his car aimlessly on the outskirts of town following an argument with his wife. On this winter night, with the snow falling thick around the car, Tomas fails to see a young boy in the road before it’s too late… This terrible accident reverberates through Tomas’s life in the following years — how do you forgive yourself when you’ve done something unforgivable? As his relationships shatter and all seems lost, Tomas finds an unlikely path to redemption and tragedy is transformed into newfound success as a writer. But just as he thinks he’s moved on from that terrible event, Tomas soon learns there are others who have not, and they’re not done with him yet.


Rachel as: Sara
Other cast: James Franco (Tomas), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Kate), Marie-Josée Croze (Ann), Robert Naylor (Christopher – Teenager), Julia Sarah Stone (Mina – 12-14 Years Old)
Alternative Title: None
Directed by: Wim Wenders
Written by: Bjørn Olaf Johannessen
Production Status: Available on DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital HD
World Premiere: February 10, 2015 at Berlinale (Out Of Competition)
Theatrical Release: December 4, 2015 (US, Limited)
Genre: Drama/3D
Rated: Not Rated
Distributor: IFC Films
Run time: 118 min
Production budget: Not yet available
Box office: $8,034 (US)
Producers: Peter Hermann, Gian-Piero Ringel, Jeremy Thomas
Original Music by: Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography by: Benoît Debie

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Production Notes

“It wasn’t me who chose the story, it chose me“, says Wim Wenders: ‘Every Thing Will Be Fine’ came to me in an unexpected way, in the form of a screenplay in the mail, sent to me by Bjørn Olaf Johannessen.“ The German director had met the young Norwegian screenwriter during the Sundance Script Lab where Johannessen’s screenplay “Nowhere Man“ had received the top prize from the jury chaired by Wenders. Impressed by the originality of his idea, the clarity of its structure, the quality of the dialogues and the natural simplicity, he encouraged the young author to send him his next screenplay. In fact, Johannessen did this three years later, and Wenders liked this first draft of “Every Thing Will Be Fine“ so much that together with his producer Gian-Piero Ringel they decided to option the script and to start its development already during the postproduction on “Pina“.

The experiences Wim Wenders had made with the 3D technology during the shooting of “Pina“ played an important role in this decision: “The greatest 3D surprise during this ‘Pina’ apprenticeship wasn’t our extremely lavish crane shoots or the often very exciting outside shots. The most simple shots we did at the very end of the shooting were the real revelation: we filmed portraits of each member of the ensemble for a few minutes, just a person sitting in front of the camera, with a dark wall behind. What I saw there exceeded all my previous understanding of 3D. There was everything I had experienced already, ‘space’ and a certain ‘depth’, but also something quite new that I had never seen before: the sheer ‘presence’ and the simple and natural existence of a person in front of a camera surpassed everything I had ever seen, both in the old cinema as well as in the new three-dimensional one. A story that one could tell with this kind of enhanced presence would literally get ‘under your skin’. ‘Every Thing Will Be Fine’ was precisely the right story for trying this new intimate storytelling in 3D because so much of it happens within the characters.”

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Production Process

Production began mid-August in Montreal and wrapped mid-September but they will return in January/February to shoot the winter scenes.

Trivia & Facts

  • This is the first 3D feature film Rachel is part of.
  • Quotes from Rachel

    “I love Wim and I love his films and his sensibility. I think he makes art for art’s sake and that’s very hard to find sometimes. I was just really thrilled that he offered me the part and I thought it was a really interesting film.”
    On why she signed on to the movie (The Upcoming)

    Quotes from Cast & Crew

    “And I cast Rachel McAdams because of that incredibly positive energy that she exudes in every role. ”
    Wim Wenders, director (Production Notes)

    “I knew that she would be the right one for the role, and that was based on two films, Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder” and a science-fiction film that hardly anyone knows here, “The Time-Traveller’s Wife“. In both films, Rachel radiates an enormously positive energy which is also a wonderful quality for the role of Sara. Such characters are so rare in cinema! With them you get the feeling that everything they do is destined for good. They have this natural self-confidence and simply “a good heart”.”
    Wim Wenders, director (Production Notes)

    Critical Reception

    “Strong supporting performances from Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams ensure subtleties in the script are heard and the greater themes in the film are seen with genuine realism. The confrontational plot may not initially appeal, but have faith in the masterfulness and artistry of the likes of Wenders and Desplat as they take you on an all-consuming journey, which will provoke emotion in even the greatest of sceptics.”
    Tim Mead (The Upcoming)

    The movie currently holds a 27% rating at Rotten Tomatoes (Certified Fresh) and 32 score at Meta Critics

    Awards & Nominations

    ☆ 2015 Camerimage for Best 3D Film

    ★ = win ☆ = nomination | View entire list at IMDB

    Promotional Tour

    September 11th 2015 2015 Toronto International Film Festival Arrivals | After Party

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