I’d taken refuge in New York for quite a long time, which created a distance between us. We’d been through some rough times with Kate’s death.* I realized that we clearly loved each other but we’d never been able to say it. There was a reticence between us that I wanted to explore; I needed a reason to get closer to her. Actually, at the beginning of the film, I don’t know what I was looking for. It was just, “I’ll get a camera and see.” Then, when I hired a crew and it became more professional, I wondered how I should go about it: Should I do an interview? And if so, what questions should I ask? At that point, the film became a more precise exercise, and that also scared me a little. Interviewing your mother is a strange situation, isn’t it? — Charlotte Gainsbourg
Directed by Charlotte Gainsbourg
Sunday, November 7, at 1:40 pm.
Directors Guild of America
7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
COLCOA—French Film Festival returns to Los Angeles in its twenty-fifth year with in-person screenings at the DGA, through November 7.
*Kate Barry—Birkin’s daughter with composer John Barry—died in 2013.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jane par Charlotte (2021), from top: Charlotte Gainsbourg (left) and Jane Birkin at Birkin’s house in Brittany; French poster; Gainsbourg and Birkin. Images and Gainsbourg quote courtesy and © the artists, The Party Films Sales, and Utopia.