Actrices – Or the dream from the night before

Actrices - Or the dream from the night before

Actrices – Or the dream from the night before

  Other people watching the failure – this can be tedious. Or entertaining and touching as Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, a virtuoso in her second feature film glides over the keyboard of the tragicomic.

At the very beginning a grand piano floats through the air. He hangs on to hoist a giant crane to carry the bulky instrument from outside the apartment of an old building. But which floor? The confusion means that the wing begins to waver concern, danger in the air depends, are not ground under their feet.

The image before the key. Actrices – or the dream from the night before is a musical film, iridescent between major and minor, a gamut of emotions to strike, with a subterranean, melancholy and cheerful theme, which reclaims the reality of a dreamy touch.

It’s about Marcelline, a successful actress, soon to her 40th Celebrates Birthday and the role of Natalya Petrovna in Turgenev’s drama A Month in the country plays. Marcelline is in crisis, both professionally and personally. They suffer under a tyrannical director who takes no account of what it could bring to the role. And she knows that she must give her private life a new direction. She wants a baby, but her running out of time. And the love is not in sight.

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, who has over 20 years ago and in 2003 behind the camera for the first time, plays the lead role himself As in her debut for a camel to go through rather bottleneck scenario and cast them larded with autobiographical elements: the start of their working life should mimic the actress actually did the play by Turgenev in which Natalia – an experience that was thoroughly wrong and painful gnawing.

returns with the film, the director back to the place of action: It was shot in the theater of Nanterre, where she played her first roles. And the actress’s mother, the film is also in real life, the mother of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. All this gives the movie a special personal coloring, but takes away nothing of its significance.

“I shit on the confusion”, the theater director yells at one of his Ausraster. Since he has come to the wrong thing. Hardly any other actress can conjure up a questioning, uncertain look so adorable in her eyes as Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Hardly any other is so vulnerable to be so delivered to their feelings, so confused and shy, as if she were the verhuschte girl next door. And this is only one side. Marcelline can run away wonderfully defiant and confident Weglache insults. In short: That the film explores the full range of human emotions, makes it a work of art that goes by the stage director of the deluded nothing.

Marcelline is so touchingly confused that they do not know whether right or left-handed is an alien baby and gives the (milchlose chest). No wonder that in such a state, the boundaries between stage and life become blurred. Actrices oscillates between reality and fiction as if it were the most natural thing in the world. That Marcellines deceased father suddenly when you are sitting on the sofa, one of them as saying. The charming but the idea of the theatrical character of Natalia to come alive. Like the “real” Natalya met the actress and her argue about the meaning of the figure – which is exceeded only by the wrangling of the two young at her beloved.

Of course, crises are there that they come to a head . But at the same time, the film feeds the confidence that his theater has come out unscathed from the neurotic, errors and confusion into which they plunge. “I will survive,” sings the acting colleague at the celebration Marcellines 40th Birthday. To which one can rely on. Particular failure notwithstanding.

(Peter Gutting)

Title: Actrices – Or the dream from the night before Country of production: France Year of production: 2007 Length: min 107 ( ) of material: Piffl media

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