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Jane Birkin

© Gabrielle Crawford

Jane Birkin
2006 - France - 1h35

Screenings : monday 22 - 4:45 pm - 400 Coups - 5 - presented by Jean-Michel Frodon - journalist and film critic
The Brittany coast. Fifty-year-old Englishwoman Anna is moving into her new home. The rooms are overrun with boxes. Crates containing a thousand objects... A thousand memories.
Jane Birkin's only film for the big screen (Oh, pardon! Tu dormais... (1992) was made for TV), Boxes is a very autobiographical project, written at a time of doubt. “I wanted to write a film about the mid-life crisis of a 45-50-year-old woman and that head-spinning terror that comes at that period: how can you be useful when you can no longer have children? What's going to happen next? How? Would someone love me if I didn't have this cumbersome past? It was a big question for me (...). When I decided to make this film, it was also at the very same time, that precise moment, when a man finds you attractive, and a rebellious teenager takes it very badly, when the other children find that you haven't been clear about previous separations, and finally about the time that everyone is angry with you for something or other (...). I wanted this to be a film about girls and women... A question for all mothers and beyond.” The result is a gentle, humorous film in which, with the exception of Lou Doillon, a fictitious family is reconstituted including Geraldine Chaplin, Michel Piccoli, John Hurt, Annie Girardot and a very young Adèle Exarchopoulos in her debut role.

Cast : Geraldine Chaplin, Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Natacha Régnier, Lou Doillon, Adèle Exarchopoulos, John Hurt
Screenplay : Jane Birkin
Cinematography : François Catonné
Sound : François Guillaume
Editing : Marie-Josée Audiard
Music : Frank Eulry

Production : Les Films de la Croisade

French distributor : Pyramide