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All about Actresses

By Maïwenn
2009 – France – 100 min

As part of the international film series "Films Across Borders: Stories of Women", the Cultural Services of the French Embassy present the screening of All about Actresses.

A director (Maïwenn) dives into the strange and confusing world of French actresses. This mockumentary takes a behind-the-scenes camera angle to most genuinely portray actresses’ experiences in interviews, each actress providing a different perspective as to her career outlook. Maïwenn meets them in ordinary places, with a mere hand-held camera, as they reveal their ambitions, frustrations and sometimes their folly. As Maïwenn proclaims to Charlotte Rampling : “We don’t become actresses if we’re not neurotic”. Although the many close-up and POV shots give an impression of authenticity, the movie remains a work of fiction, albeit one inspired by the actual French film industry. Consequently, all actresses play cliché characters more or less based on real actresses: Marina Foïs plays a Botox addict, Romane Bohringer, a has-been depressed and forgotten actress, and Karin Viard, a full-of-herself snob bored by French movies, dreaming of American blockbusters.
However, as per Maiwenn’s vision, the film is both a documentary and a musical supported by short clips of songs and dances; the movie never aims at realism and attempts to depict something more than a mere reflection of reality. This provoking mise en abyme of French actresses resolutely takes the floor to tell new stories of women.

In French with English subtitles.

Films Across Borders: Stories of Women is presented by American University, National Gallery of Art, AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, Mexican Cultural Institute, Cultural Services of French Embassy, SPAIN arts & culture, Goethe-Institut Washington, House of Sweden, DC Labor Fest, Immigration Film Fest, Women in Film and Video, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Vital Voices.

Find the complete series schedule on https://www.american.edu/soc/Films-Across-Borders/