Five Questions to Noémie Lvovsky
Is making a film a way of talking to one’s parents and those one loves or has loved?
It’s true that Camille redouble talks a lot about loss. When you make a film you can’t think about the audience, it’s too abstract, too broad. So you address someone in particular. Maybe you do it for the actors, the producer and the crew. And then for two or three people, who are, or are not, a secret.
Is adolescence a more cinematic age than any other?
It’s a period in life when you are all ages at the same time. Adolescence is an age when you can behave like a little kid and also have the maturity of an elderly person. It’s fascinating to film since over the course of a single day you can move from euphoria to total despair.
Did you conceive of Camille redouble as a fantasy film right from the start, at the script-writing stage?
From the moment there was time-travel involved, obviously there was a science-fiction dimension, but we tried to write the story in the most realistic manner possible, by putting ourselves in Camille’s position, as if it was really happening to us.
This is the first time you’ve acted in one of your own films.
That was a decision made very late on in the process. I never write with particular actors in mind. It was my producer Jean-Louis Livi who insisted I play the role and asked me to do several tests before seeing other actresses. I wasn’t very good, so he suggested I start again, this time with make-up, hair-do, costumes… I was better because conditions on a shoot have an intensity that you just don’t get in front of a little video camera. The crew and the producer were keen, and for me it was the sheer pleasure of acting that sealed the deal.
For a few years now you’ve acted for other directors.
As a child I wanted to be an actress but I stopped when I was fifteen when I was told something terrible: I wasn’t old enough! So I abandoned the idea and then a decade or so later I came back to it because friends who were directors asked me. So it happened by chance and I liked that. I feel like I know how it is for actors, getting stage-fright, the act of offering up your face, your body to the camera.