Oscar History

The Film Experience™ was created by亚博主页Nathaniel R.Gemini,Cinephile,Actressexual.All material herein is written and copyrighted by Nathaniel or a member ofour teamas noted.

Powered by Squarespace
Don't Miss This!
Comment Fun

RIPPeter Fonda

"He should've totally won the Oscar for his sensitive and subtle turn inUlee's Gold"-Claran

"You're right,it is hard to look beyondEasy Riderin most assessments of his career,so it's great to hear more about these other films..."-Edward

Keep TFE Strong

We're looking for500...no461 Patron Saints!If you read us daily,please be one.Your suscription dimes make an enormous difference.Consider...

I ♥ The Film Experience亚博主页



Directors ofFor Sama

Lulu Wang(The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra(Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes(Diamantino)
Wanuri Kahiu(Rafiki)
Jia Zhang-ke(Ash is Purest White)

What'cha Looking For?
« Current Worry: Glenn Close as "Albert Nobbs"| Main| TIFF Begins...Tonight »
Sep 08 2011

INTERVIEW: Ludivine Sagnier on "Love Crime",Her Star Persona and Catherine Deneuve

If you first discoveredLudivine Sagnier,as many movie lovers did in the early 00s through the films of François Ozon,the sensation was something like wide-eyed whiplash.One moment she was the exuberant tomboyish daughter of Catherine Deneuve in the musical8 Womenand the next she was anything but as a lusty bikini-clad (or unclad) vixen causing trouble for Charlotte Rampling in the thrillerSwimming Pool.Both films were international hits and her turn as "Tinker Bell"in the UK/USA/Australia production ofPeter Panfurther upped her profile.Sagnier has been a movie star in France ever since.

Ludivine Sagnier in Alain Courbet's Love Crime

Currently bothThe Devil's Doublein which she plays leading lady to a Dominic Cooper double-act and the thrillerLove Crimein which she plays headgames with Kristin Scott Thomas are now in theaters andBelovedwith Catherine Deneuve will undoubtedly follow;consider her international profile revived.

I sat down to talk with one of my favorite French actresses earlier this year during New York City's annual Rendezvous with French Cinema event.After introductions and a bit of small talk about French cinema and The Film Experience's actressy nature,亚博主页we got down to business.

NATHANIEL:You started so youngCyrano de Bergerac(1990).You were all of9 or 10!

LUDIVINE:People always ask me how I got started.My story is so common that it's a bit tiring.I went to an audition with my sister who wanted to be an actress and they asked me if I wanted to do an audition and they picked me and didn't take her.It happens so many times in the industry.I've talked to a lot of actresses...

Deneuve and Sagnier in Cannes in MayNATHANIEL:So when you were first coming up as an actor in France were you conscious of this great legacy.Like you're next in line after Huppert and Deneuve and well,so many actresses...France makes great ones.

LUDIVINE:NO!I Didn't see myself that concretely...I didn't like myself that much in the beginning.But it's funny because I just shot a movie where I was playing Catherine Deneuve in the 1960s and she is playing me older.It'sBelovedfromChristophe Honoréwho I didLove Songswith.Maybe this time I had the feeling that we are part of the same family,that we have a common story.First she was my mom in8 Women.Then I was Chiara's sister inLove Songsand Chiaraisher daughter.And now Chiara is my daughter inBeloved.Everything is so mixed up!!!

And now I dare think we share the same history. When I started...NO.

Continue For Ludivine's Feelings on Star Persona,International Careers and Genre Hopping

NATHANIEL:It must be so flattering to play a younger version of her.She's one ofthe greatest movie stars of all time.

LUDIVINE:It was amazing.To me Catherine Deneuve.Especially in the '60s... [She loses her thread for a moment here with appropriate awe...]  All these images!François Truffaut and Jacques Demy.All this New Wave I was fed with as a young actress.It's such a privilege to project myself into this period of time because of course I didn't get the chance to meet them.It was a huge present.It was great,really.

NATHANIEL:Now inLove Crimeyou're playing opposite another terrific actress Kristin Scott Thomas and it's very much a two-hander.I was surprised to hear that you had no rehearsal time,really.It was just meet and shoot?

LUDIVINE:Yes,it was very spontaneous.Maybe she didn't have the time or Alain didn't think it was necessary -- I wish we had but it wasn't really possible.

NATHANIEL:Love Crime,being a noir of sorts,is very stylized.There wasn't a lot about it that was naturalistic per se.And actually a lot of your movies have been that way:Love Songs,8 Women,Peter Pan,Water Drops on Burning Rocks...Is this your preference,these heightened acting challenges like musicals or thrillers?

Stylized vs NaturalisticLUDIVINE:Not necessarily.But,you know,what I like is to be able to bounce from genre to genre.[She pauses to consider why she's done so many....]

People just project my image onto those kind of stories.When I started to shootLove CrimeI had just finished a movie [Lily Sometimes] that -- unfortunately it's not going to be out in the US -- but it's a very down to earth movie.Diane Kruger.We play sisters in the country side: barefoot,very natural,no makeup.Maybe that's not my image -- somehow against my will I have this sophisticated image that doesn't really fit with what I really am.But that's life.

NATHANIEL:Would you ever do a heavily green screened or f/x driven movie again afterPeter Pan.

LUDIVINE:Yes.[She,well,it's confidential.Something is brewing which she won't talk about.]

NATHANIEL:I actually loved your Tinkerbell.So bratty and the physicality you brought to it was topnotch.Just...well it was so accurate and you don't see that often with Peter Pan.

LUDIVINE:Thank you.Maybe it struck you because the director had inspirations that were not totally Walt Disney cliches.There's this French artists who had pictured Tinkerbell as this petite brunette -- a bit ghetto style -- she was one of our inspirations.

NATHANIEL:You mentioned images that came to mind with Deneuve and what directors project on to you ...how about the public?I don't know how often you're recognized here or at home but do people assume things about you from the movies?

LUDIVINE:AfterSwimming Pool.[Pause] People were thinking I was the hottest chick on earth and I was going to get undressed every five minutes.I was like,"hmmmm,you might be mistaken."But otherwise... You know,in France,people don't really get harassed when they're famous.

NATHANIEL:Most but not all of your films have been in France.Are you looking for more international opportunities?

LUDIVINE:I am trying to diversify,it's true.For example I've asked to be part of an Asian festival jury because I want to be closer to that cinema.I think there's a real emerging cinema in South Korea.I'm a big fan of those movies.

"La Nouvelle Vague" in France.It happened because people didn't have money.They were in a hurry to get their films done and they worked in a state of emergency.And that's the reason why those movies are so fresh and spontaneous and somehow they had a way of resetting reality.Usually the energy comes from rising economies.I'm very curious about that.

I have a manager in the US,and you know,I'm still curious but not the typical "American dream"because what I want first is to have a cohesive career.That's important to me.

NATHANIEL:Well honestly,French cinema is better for that anyway.When people get older the roles are still great.That's not as often the case here.

LUDIVINE:I'm interested in building something strong and solid.You know in America there's this cult of suddenly getting infatuated with someone.Squeeze him or her to the last drop and then -- pffft -- Away to the bin!!![Laughter]

I'm more ambitious somehow.I want to stay longer.Life is a marathon and not a sprint.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (5)

UGH I'm so jealous you got to interview her!I still remember seeing Swimming Pool and thinking "HOLY SH!T that little girl from 8 Women has really grown up hasn't she?"and then realized that only a year separated the two films.I've been entranced by her ever since.And I kinda hope (given their similar looks) that Saoirse Ronan will be like an English version of her.

September 8,2011 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

She's so great...and aparently smart too.I really like her final sentence.
Go Ludivine!

September 8,2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Thank you for mentioning the sexiest performance of the year so far-- Dominic Cooper in "Devill's Double".Double hot.

September 8,2011 | Unregistered CommentersethGassfan

Thanks for the interview!I first saw her in 8 woman and follow her career ever since.

September 9,2011 | Unregistered CommenterIvonne

Interesting to hear her thoughts on wanting to break into the Asian markets and work with their filmmakers.

September 9,2011 | Unregistered CommenterBia
Comments for this entry have been disabled.Additional comments may not be added to this entry at this time.