In world cinema director Jean-Luc Godard is first amongst equals.The French icon revolutionised cinema with his French New Wave movies that brought his art form into the modern era.However, his most telling impact came in 1968 when in a show of solidarity with the students and workers protesting on the streets of France he demanded that the festival be cancelled. And what better way to wink at the audience then casting French heartthrob Louis Garrel as Godard.
Because of his respect for Godard, Garrel was initially weary of accepting the role. ” Hazanavicius was insistent: “He told me that it was an adaptation of Anne’s book and I became more open about the subject and then he sent me the script and I was angry, because I liked it. ” Garrel is sitting in front of his computer with the electronic cigarette that he is holding connected to it via the USB key.
“At the beginning I didn’t want to do it,” says the 33-year-old Parisian. He puffs and continues, “I liked the comic way that it was done, even if I didn’t agree about everything, but I think it’s a good subject, told about a very specific period of his life.
He’s not taking Godard as religion.” It’s also the story of a love affair gone wrong, Garrel reminds.
He read Wiazemsky’s book and thought it was funny and touching: “The movie is a pop collage of many things.
I would have thought that Godard and Garrel’s father might have met socially, given that they were contemporaries.
But Garrel says Godard never popped over for a cup of tea. Indeed, he admits he butted head with the director at times, because Hazanavicius is not such a big fan of Godard. But in a film like this, maybe it’s better to have somebody who can contradict you.
It is known that Casta is 5 years older than her boyfriend, but she absolutely does not care about the difference between her and the 31-year-old actor: before that, Garrel was in a relationship with the producer Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, who was 17 years older than he.
Previously, Laetitia was 2 years in a relationship with the assistant of the film director Lorenzo Duarte.
This is a character, it’s not a documentary it’s an impression of Jean Luc.” As for the early middling Cannes reviews, Garrel thinks that when a wider audience sees the film, they will be far kinder, and the film will be celebrated.