Nicole Garcia: “Women have snatched the cinema from the hands of men”

MAINTENANCE – The actress and filmmaker is dedicated to a retrospective at the Cinémathèque française until November 26. An opportunity to (re) see his eight feature films that preceded Lovers. Meeting with a pioneer.

LE FIGARO.- Lovers, it was your co-scriptwriter Jacques Fieschi who suggested it to you …

Nicole GARCIA. – Yes. Usually the stories or situations come from me. I am always disturbed, once the film is made, to see all that is personal and intimate appear in a glaring fashion. The fabric of my life, sometimes even violent traces of my childhood, everything is there. Lovers comes from elsewhere, but that doesn’t mean that the characters don’t upset me.

After Favorite Son, The Adversary, According to Charlie Where A balcony on the sea, you keep watching the men fall …

I like their power and their fragility. It’s not very trendy to say that, but maybe I have a special affection for men. Having said that, women also interest me. They have the leading role in One week-end out of two, my first film, Place Vendôme, Stone sickness. Men or women, I have a taste for ambivalence. I try to show it without psychology, without the characters

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