Alice Winocour Casts Diane Kruger as Trophy Wife in Psychological Thriller Disorder

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Diane Kruger’s 2015 French-Belgian drama-thriller film Disorder (French: Maryland) is a sexy suspense movie that adds to her French film repertoire.

The French title “Maryland” may sound familiar to English speakers, but it is unrelated to the American state. Instead, it refers to a fictional villa in the South of France where the film is set.

Director Alice Winocour explained that she chose the name “Maryland” because, for French people, it conveys a sense of seediness or the opposite of wonderland.

Diane Kruger played Jessie, the wife of a shady businessman, in the 2015 French-Belgian drama-thriller film Disorder (French: Maryland)Diane Kruger played Jessie, the wife of a shady businessman, in the 2015 French-Belgian drama-thriller film Disorder (French: Maryland) (Credit: Mars Distribution)

By naming the villa “Maryland,” Winocour wanted to emphasize the unique and shady world that viewers would be entering, focusing on the specific atmosphere and setting of the house.

In the movie, Kruger plays Jessie, the wife of a shady businessman trying to escape his violence. While the events happening to Kruger’s character are stressful, Kruger’s had a relaxing time filming the movie.

Diane Kruger (L) was cast in the film Disorder because director Alice Winocour (R) thought she would be perfect for the role of JessieDiane Kruger (L) was cast in the film Disorder because director Alice Winocour (R) thought she would be perfect for the role of Jessie (Credit: INFphoto)

Diane Kruger was cast in the film Disorder because director Alice Winocour thought she would be perfect for the role of Jessie, a woman trapped in a violent relationship with her husband.

Kruger’s beauty and elegance made her a perfect fit for the role of a trophy wife, but Winocour was also drawn to her strength and vulnerability.

In an interview with Bust, Kruger spoke about her experience working with Winocour, whom she described as a demanding but precise filmmaker.

Diane Kruger and Matthias Schoenaerts attend the "Disorder" photocall during the 68th annual Cannes Film FestivalDiane Kruger and Matthias Schoenaerts attend the “Disorder” photocall during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2015, in Cannes, France (Credit: INFphoto)

“I’m not sure how comfortable I would have felt playing this trophy wife if it was a male director, because I feel like it would have been too much on the surface. And I knew from the get-go that even though she looks at me with such distance in the beginning, even then you can tell there’s more to that character. She had a different take on my character than a man would have had,” Kruger said.

“Just talking to her about it, how she saw this character and why she liked this character and what her backstory was. There was so much nuance from the get-go when she told me about what she wanted to achieve, it was always on my mind while we were filming, and then the art of the character. I love the golden cage/wounded bird, the concept of an emotionally strong woman.”

Diane Kruger wears her hair down for an AOL Build appearanceDiane Kruger wears her hair down for an AOL Build appearance on August 10, 2016, in New York City (Credit: WENN)

In August 2016, Diane discussed working with “Disorder” director Alice Winocour on AOL Build in New York. Her choice of clothing was interesting but somehow worked.

The “National Treasure” actress, who is notorious for serving as her own stylist, actually took the full look straight from the Valentino Resort 2017 collection.

Diane Kruger wears a Valentino Resort 2017 ensemble out in New York CityDiane Kruger wears a Valentino Resort 2017 ensemble out in New York City (Credit: WENN)

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Diane Kruger's feet in Christian Louboutin pumpsDiane Kruger’s feet in Christian Louboutin pumps (Credit: WENN)

Diane said Alice is not a morning person, so she mandated an 11 a.m. start time for everyone on set.

Since the filming followed French hours, Guillaume Canet’s ex worked 10 hours at most, returning home just in time for cocktail hour.

The actress also said that despite the torrential rains in France, the cast could squeeze in one epic pool party.

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