“From September last year, I did nothing but wait for a man to call me and come to my house.
The singular voice of Laetitia Dosch recites the words written by Annie Ernaux in “Simple Passion”, novel from which this film is adapted. How to put in images the expectation, the amorous obsession?
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To give substance to the tenuous sentences of Ernaux, Danielle Arbid dwells on the bodies. That of Laetitia Dosch, in particular, filmed as Deneuve in “Belle de jour”. Blonde, bourgeois, submissive to her desire for a man who is not even her type: she is a teacher; he, Alexander (played by Russian dancer Sergei Polunin), likes cars and Putin.
More than in the sex scenes, it is in the moments of solitude that the passion radiates, transfiguring the face of the actress. To the point of resembling, disturbingly in some shots, Annie Ernaux. A solar and sensual film.
While perusing our collection, the acclaimed actor and singer-songwriter linked some of her favorite films to memories of her family.
– THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
– BELLE DE JOUR
– BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
– GREEN FOR DANGER
– THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNÈS VARDA
Romy Schneider écrivait. Beaucoup. Notamment sur les tournages. Tous les réalisateurs qui ont travaillé avec elle en témoignent. Certains ont gardé ces précieux trésors.
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By Anne Audigier
An exhibition at the Cinémathèque, a beautiful book which will be released in October… Romy Schneider still inspires just as much. Clémentine Deroudille , the curator of the exhibition and retrospective dedicated to Romy Schneider at the Cinémathèque and Jean-Pierre Lavoignat, who is therefore dedicating a book to her, spoke about the actress in ” Le Grand Atelierphantom” dedicated to her by Vincent Josse.
Among the objects and other souvenirs to be discovered in the exhibition: Romy’s little words. Notes, telegrams, a few lines scribbled on a memo. These little words that she never stopped sending to the directors she worked with. ” It was both spontaneous reactions “, explains Jean-Pierre Lavoignat ” like ‘you didn’t look at me enough during the scene’. Sometimes it was excerpts from books. The son of Claude Sautet, who kept everything, showed me letters from Romy Schneider, where she copied pages from Freud or pages from Goethe to share them because it corresponds to feelings or emotions .
In this mass of documents, an exchange of telegram just before the filming of “César et Rosalie”.
September 1971: Romy Schneider is in Mexico where she is filming ” The Assassination of Trotsky” with Alain Delon. Sautet is working on his next film ” César et Rosalie”. He offered the role of Rosalie to Catherine Deneuve who, enthusiastic at first, let things drag on a bit. Sautet will tell later that he too let things drag on because he wanted Romy.
Jean-Pierre Lavoignat says: ” Sautet sends him a telegram on the set, offering him “César et Rosalie”, and Romy replies :
I know that Madame Deneuve refused it. I’ll be your Rosalie, but I’m not Rosalie.
A telegram in which there are mistakes, Romy Schneider not fully mastering French writes: ” She learned French in a quasi-phonetic way,” recalls Jean-Pierre Lavoignat “therefore in all the letters, even in the last years she writes, there are spelling mistakes that make it even more touching and sincere.”
We can also talk about a service sheet from ” Max et les ferrrailleurs “, where Romy Schneider with a greasy makeup pencil wrote: ” Mon Clo, you will tell the producer and the production manager that I will not come to dinner this evening, since neither the machines nor the electros were invited “.
Tavernier, with whom she shot ” La mort en direct”, said that on the set, she signed all these little words with the name of her character.
Costa-Gavras, who directed Romy Schneider in ” Clair de Femme” , adapted from the novel by Romain Gary, also remembers these little words: ” In the evening, when we parted, she would say little words to me. In the morning, when she arrived, she would say little words to me . One day Costa tells her that they can talk about it, that she doesn’t have to write. Romy’s answer fuses:
You have to write because talking takes flight, it goes away. Writing remains.
” I think she had to say her anxieties,” explains the director, ” anxieties that you can only have when you’re actors and actresses. Really great actors think about every moment. Every moment, there’s You have to get into the character. You have to be the character. Otherwise, the audience doesn’t believe it. “
Source: Les petits mots de Romy