Nicole Garcia

  1. Dominique Laffin, La femme qui pleure (US: The Crying Woman), France, 1978.    Which  came first, scenario or the reality…  Yet another  French film  about the  breakdown of a couple  – being, of course,  the auteur Jacques Doillon and his editor, Noëlle Boisson (parents of Lola,  the 2006  director of  Et toi, t’es sur qui?) Among his earliest casting   work, Dominique Besnheard met all, the bright young things of the hour: Anicée Alvina (from Alain Robbe-Grillet’s erotics), ex-child star Brigitte Fossey (Les jeux interdits, 1951), Jacqueline Parent, and two opthers who later became directors: Garcia and Brigitte Röuan.  Doillon played himself (obviously!) opposite  the lovely Laffin… who  died far too young, after 19 films, in 1985.  Officially,  a heart attack (at 33?),  although her daughter, French Communist politician Clementine Autain, later confirmed it was suicide.
  2. Dominique Sanda, Le Voyage en douce, France, 1980.   Garcia was seen for  Geraldine Chaplin’s friend in what was, at times, almost a Monty Python  parody of French film-making – where beaucoup  nudity hardly compensated for beaucoup inarticulate blah-blah. Michel Deville directed. He’d made better. So did Garcia as  a realisateur, herself.
  3. Dominique Sanda, L’Indiscretion, France, 1982.    Lost again to Sanda. Then again, Garcia won.  On the scale of  1 to 10, the film was minus-25. For her eighth outing  as realisateur,  Un beau dimanche, 2013, Garcia chose Sanda as the  mother of Pierre Rochefort.  And he is Garcia’s son, didn’t she want the role ? “Oh no, she is magnifique in the part with her vulerability and brutality.”
  4. Fiona Gelin,  Parole de flic,  France,  1985.     Alain Delon heroes need bimbos.  Not actresses.  Another daughter of French star Daniel Gélin, Fiona is the step-sister of Maria Schneider.
  5. Robin Wright, Adore, France-Australia, 2012.   Always up to date with the latest books,  plays, ideas,  etc, it was Jeanne Moreu who told Dominique Besnehard – now a producteur – about the Doris Lessing book, The Grandmothers. He immediately thought of (who else ?) Nathalie Baye opposite, say, Ardant or Nicole Garcia – with old pals  Jacques Doillon or François Ozon directing.  Instead, it became the first English language film helmed by the former actress Anne Fontaine (put up by Besnahard in  his casting icon  days, for Isabelle Adjani’s role in  L’Eté meurtrier, 1982). Her husband, Philippe Carcassonne, produced with Besnahard’s Mon Voisin Productions among the five co-producing entities. (In his autobiography, adore appears to be Besnehard’s favourite word). 


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