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Femininspiration - Jeanne Moreau

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Jeanne Moreau
1979 - France / West Germany - 1h30

Screenings : monday 22 - 10:00 am - 400 Coups - 1 - presented by Jean-Michel Frodon - journalist and film critic
In the summer of 1939, 13-year-old Marie goes with her parents to visit her grandparents in a small town near Avignon. Marie discovers her femininity and falls for a young Jewish doctor, but he prefers Eva, Marie's mother.
“I searched for the ideal place to shoot for a long time, a place undamaged by modern life, where legends are still present, where it is quite possible to talk about witches, lustral water and love potions. On the advice of a friend, who was also a medium, I went to explore the Aubrac and discovered the village of Mandailles. […] A rare and peaceful natural setting, with authentic people, still imbued with the past, where I could easily invoke mystery and the irrational.” (Jeanne Moreau speaking to René Quinson). A coming-of age story, Jeanne Moreau's second feature as a director is as much a sensual awakening as a tribute to her grandmother. Simone Signoret was the first actress chosen by Jeanne Moreau and she organised the shoot and the 27 other actors around her. The story takes place on the eve of the second world war in the summer of 1939. L'Adolescente (The Adolescent) and tells of the last moments of innocence of a village in the Aveyron.

Cast : Simone Signoret, Francis Huster, Laetitia Chauveau, Edith Clever, Jacques Weber, Jean-François Balmer, Hugues Quester, Michel Blanc
Screenplay : Henriette Jelinek, Jeanne Moreau
Cinematography : Pierre Gautard
Sound : Dominique Dalmasso, Jacques Maumont
Editing : Albert Jurgenson, Colette Leloup
Music : Philippe Sarde

Production : Carthago Coop. Cinematográfica, Janus Film, Südwestfunk (SWF)

French distributor : Carlotta