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Cannes (AFP) – Sexually abused in childhood, doubts and medicines afterwards, borderline roles, suicide at 35: “Patrick Dewaere, my hero” is a poignant documentary on this incandescent actor, instructed by his daughter Lola and offered on the Cannes Movie Competition.
The movie crew took the stage on Thursday night for a couple of phrases earlier than a screening as a part of “Cannes classics-documentaries on cinema”.
As Thierry Frémaux, normal delegate of the Competition, says within the introduction, “it’s the nice documentary that was lacking on Patrick, which involves fill this absence”, 40 years after his suicide.
Fragments of the story of the actor, who burst the display by opening the door to his demons in “Black Collection”, had already been delivered over time. Within the pages of a biography or interviews. Like Gérard Depardieu assured of being conscious of the abuse of a pedophile throughout the childhood of his buddy from “Valseuses”.
It’s the actor’s daughter, Lola (2 years outdated when her father died, 42 years outdated in the present day), who hangs up the wagons in voiceover. The actress seems between archive photos and unpublished audio sequences (components of interviews, too private, by no means broadcast) assembling the items of a puzzle forming the face of her father.
“Mountain of Feelings”
“It was not simple to inform this story, to make this voice, I’m somewhat moved”, she solely slipped into the microphone in entrance of the general public.
Patrice Gellé, producer, warns the general public: “This movie is a mountain of feelings, like a life on the wire, it’s a movie which won’t depart you unscathed”.
Among the many spectators, the youngest are wanting on their smartphones for this Patrick Dewaere unknown to their technology. However from the primary photos, there’s silence, consideration is there.
The voice of Lola Dewaere brings down the ax. She signifies that she took “between 4 eyes” earlier than her loss of life her grandmother, her father’s mom. “And she or he ended up confessing all the pieces to me”. Addressing her father symbolically, Lola declares: “Throughout your childhood, you suffered repeated sexual touching and rape (..) which screwed you up eternally”.
The predator is rarely named however the household circle is focused. “The scare in your abdomen, you suffered this incest with, maybe, already, deep inside you, the will to finish it. Your mom, she most well-liked to shut her eyes”.
Fossey, Blier, Annaud
This seals a future (private depreciation, dependancy to heroin) already burdened with an advanced genesis. Member of a household of six kids, Patrick Dewaere will study in the middle of a dialog that the one who raises him will not be his organic father, whose id he doesn’t know.
His mom, and the daddy who raised him, are offered within the documentary as Thénardiers, pushing their kids to run castings for theatre, tv or cinema.
Lola Dewaere explains within the documentary that the cash from their charges was used, with out the kids being conscious of it, to purchase a home that they needed to repair up. And to explain younger Patrick falling asleep from exhaustion in a wheelbarrow, trowel in hand.
The actress Brigitte Fossey, current in Cannes, who was additionally a baby actress, remembers within the documentary having met him for the primary time on a set on the age of 9, with this household label of child-actors working tirelessly. She is going to meet him once more as an grownup in “Les valseuses” or “A foul son”.
Treasured and delicate testimonies are scattered all through the movie, equivalent to these of Bertrand Blier (who directed Dewaere in “Les valseuses”, “Preparez vos mouchoirs”, “Beau-père”), Francis Huster, additionally a sufferer of kid pedophilia, and even Jean- Jacques Annaud (who filmed him in “Coup de tête” and was his buddy). With out forgetting Claude Lelouch, with whom he was making ready a movie on Marcel Cerdan and Edith Piaf the day of his suicide. A final day in terms of Coluche and the rifle he had given him.
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