“The Event”, shocking film on abortion, arrives in theaters

Published on

(AFP) – Intimate film and manifest shock for the right to abortion, “L’Événement”, adapted from the autobiographical account of the author Annie Ernaux, arrives Wednesday in theaters crowned with a Golden Lion in Venice.

The coronation of director Audrey Diwan at the Mostra was a new feminist signal sent to the world of cinema, two months after the Palme d’Or won, in a completely different genre, by another young French filmmaker, Julia Ducournau, for “Titane”.

“Unfortunately when you work on the ‘abortion, you are still in the news “, had declared on receiving her award the director, adding having” made this film with anger and desire “.

The film (01 H 40) is a snorkeling in the course of ‘Anne, a carefree student in France at the beginning of the years 1960, who finds herself pregnant.

A l period, clandestine abortion is punished by prison for this They who practice it as for those who help. It will only be decriminalized in 1975.

The young woman, from a working-class background, wishes to continue her studies of Letters, the only chance to build a future outside of his native village, and cannot afford to raise a child.

Because “L’Événement” is also there story of a young woman who wants to emancipate herself and progress socially. In front of her, a frozen society: doctors, friends, partner, teacher, she will hardly find anyone to help her.

Framed as tight as possible, with a long sequence shot during which Anne tries to have an abortion, “L’Événement” (second adaptation by Annie Ernaux this year after “Simple Passion”) can be trying, wanting to be as close as possible to reality and the ordeal endured by women who had to abort clandestinely, risking their life.

This is the second film by Audrey Diwan, novelist and journalist, who has co-authored the screenplay for several films including “Bac Nord “or” La French “by Cédric Jimenez, then moved on to directing (” But you are crazy “).

– “Very visceral” –

“I work a lot on the question of the body and the intimate”, a- she told AFP in Venice. “I was quite shocked at first by the difference between what I thought I knew about illegal abortion and what I discovered about the reality of this process.”

“My idea was not to look at Anne but to try to be her, to fit into her body,” she continued, explaining that the “pure and very visceral style” of Annie’s story Ernaux had created in her “a desire for incarnation”.

A bias which also owes its success to the performance of a young actress, Anamaria Vartolomei. Dark-haired with light eyes and a diaphanous complexion, this is her first major role.

“I really put myself in her shoes. I said to myself + ok, we have 21 every two years, what is it for a young girl + “to have an abortion, the latter explained to AFP.

“Me, I am lucky to have rights, acquired but which are still fragile. I defended it with the greatest possible interest, because it ‘is terrible, she has to choose between her studies, her career or her life. It’s unfair! “

Born in Romania in Bacau (northeast), Anamaria Vartolomei has saw his parents leave for France at the age of two. Her father works in the building industry and when she is six her parents earn enough money to bring her with them to Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine).

It was at school that she discovered the theater before registering for a casting for a film by Eva Ionesco, “My Little Princess”, where she would play at the age of ten. Twelve years later, “I want to take on roles that are richer and richer, more complicated, nuanced, puzzling, ambiguous. I feel ready”.

Back to top button