Judith Godrèche, here on the set of “Quotidien”, Tuesday December 12.
CONSENT – She was 14 years old. Him, 40. Judith Godrèche was the guest on Tuesday December 12 of Daily on TMC, a program during which she was questioned about her relationship with Benoît Jacquot, the director of Beggars, with whom the French actress was in a relationship when she was just a child.
“ I was asked when Adèle Haenel wrote her letter (a column in which she denounced in particular “the general complacency of the profession towards sexual attackers”editor’s note). When the book The consent (by Vanessa Springora, editor’s note) was released, I was told that I had to tell my story as a young woman in French cinema », she explains on the set of Yann Barthès, without pronouncing the name of Benoît Jacquot herself.
But then she didn’t talk about her story. “ It’s hard to dissociate from your pastdeclares the actress. My story is part of me. I can’t look at her. »
But Judith Godrèche decided to tackle the subject for the first time, today, through an artistic project: a mini-series called Icon of French Cinema, to be seen at the end of December on Arte. Both director and actress of this comedy halfway between fiction and autobiography, Judith Godrèche plays with self-deprecation an alter ego in decline, whose daughter – a 16-year-old teenager – is dating her 40-year-old choreographer. years.
“ I see my daughter with the eyes of a protective mother who knows she wants to be an actressshe says of her real daughter, on the set of Daily. I wanted to tell this story for all young girls aged 15 and 16. This is not an indictment. This is not a settling of scores. This is my childhood in cinema. It was a bit like a letter to Tess (Godrèche). And it became a series. »
Judith Godrèche warns
How did she experience this relationship with Benoît Jacquot? And what words does she put on it today? “ If a 40 year old man approaches my daughter, I will kill himshe said in an interview with the magazine SHE. It’s because I have a teenage daughter that I manage to realize what happened to me, to tell myself that I navigated alone in a world without rules or laws. »
The story she experienced with Benoît Jacquot, who offered her her first major role in Beggars, lasted six years and was never a secret to anyone. Judith Godrèche does not use the word influence, but wants to warn young girls today who dream of cinema. “ You can get caught in the net of a more powerful person, she declares to ELLE. Before adding: The adult’s position in society is to know where to set the limits, even when it comes to art. »
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