Maïwenn sets out to resolve her own identity as a tortured actress by making a documentary about the lives of a bevy of other French actresses, including Charlotte Rampling, Karin Viard, and Julie Depardieu. As she quests for “the real” person behind the glory (or lack thereof) on-screen, the interior insecurities of these divas make Maïwenn’s own vulnerabilities clear—or maybe her eagerness to reveal them to the camera is just part of the making of her juicy documentary. In this amusing psychological portrait of actresses, Maïwenn herself is possibly the most surprising case study, treacherously slipping from the position of an actress to a director: falling in love with one of her actresses and subjected to their wrath when they realize they don’t have center stage in the doc. Indeed, Maïwenn has taken it for herself.
Fiction and reality blur as real-world footage of everyday life and divulging interviews are juxtaposed against fantastical musical sequences full of glossy colors and sparkling costumes. Following her 2006 directorial debut Forgive Me (2006), nominated for two César Awards, Maïwenn continues to indulgently, fascinatingly, and obsessively explore her place in the world—where she is always cast as the star.
Maïwenn (French pronunciation: [maiwɛn lə bɛsko]; born Maïwenn Le Besco on 17 April 1976 in Les Lilas, Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France) is a French actress and film director.
Biography and career
She is the daughter of actress Catherine Belkhodja, who ushered her into the entertainment industry at a young age, an experience later chronicled by Le Besco in her one-woman shows “Le Pois Chiche” and “I’m an Actress”. Maïwenn Le Besco starred in several films as a child and teenage actress, notably as “Elle as a child” (the child version of the lead role played by Isabelle Adjani) in the hit film L’été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer, 1983). In 1991, due to her difficult relationship with her parents, she decided to use only her given name professionally.
She met director and producer Luc Besson in 1991. The two later began a relationship, after which Maïwenn, having lost her motivation as an actress, interrupted her career for several years. She lived in Beverly Hills… read more
An actress speaking with actresses about actresses; it could have been dull but the movie isn't. You will be intellectually challenged during the whole film trying to understand the different points of views, objective and subjective, used by the director. An excellent surprise. Highly recommended.