La désenchantée

  • 78'
  • France
  • 1990
Jacquot has often referred to this beautifully concentrated 1990 film as a new beginning, a break from the 'theoretically' driven films of the 1970s and 1980s into the pursuit of 'something human,' in the director's words. The film is built around the troubled countenance of 17-year-old Judith Godrèche in the role of Beth, a teenager in the midst of a painful moral education. She is put in the unenviable position of holding her family together and debasing herself, goaded on by both her scornful bed-ridden mother and her no-good boyfriend. Everything begins and ends with Godrèche's extraordinary dark eyes, at once signaling emotional deprivation, wounded intelligence, and hard-won wisdom. Jacquot and his extraordinary cinematographer Caroline Champetier give us the world as if refracted through those eyes, a strangely magical environment in which every object and encounter feels potentially ominous and/or liberating. Jacquot once described the film perfectly in an interview with Gerald Peary and Peter Brunette: 'Beth's losing her childhood, becoming a woman, and becoming disenchanted.' (KJ)
Director
Benoît Jacquot
Country of production
France
Production Year
1990
Festival Edition
IFFR 1991
Length
78'
Medium
35mm
International title
The Disenchanted
Language
French
Producer
Ciné[email protected]
Screenplay
Benoît Jacquot
Cinematography
Caroline Champetier
Editor
Dominique Auvray
Cast
Judith Godrèche