In a spontaneous looking yet tautly directed home-movie-like quest for the black pages from her family history, the director tries to come to terms with her past before her first child is born.
In the genre documentary ego documents, the director/actress Maïwenn seeks with increasing vehemence the boundaries of a direct confrontation with reality. Pardonnez-moi starts with home-movie material of the little Maïwenn as she looks into the camera. Then we see her on stage, when she has chosen to be an actress, something that evokes a great deal of opposition from her father. Later, the pregnant actress decides to leave the stage and make a documentary about her family. Now she becomes the character Violette and a document is created that is partly spontaneous and partly staged. Encouraged by her psychiatrist, she buys a hand-held camera and embarks on her meticulous unravelling of the secrets that drive her family apart as much as they keep it together. Mother, sweetheart, sisters, a former lover, they all turn up in a series of stormy encounters and confessions in which the director is, as it were, tightrope walking above an abyss filled with traumas. Where the denouement doesn’t come of its own accord, she forces it to. At the epicentre of this cinematographic self-exploration is her difficult relationship with her violent father. In the presence of a girlfriend and armed with the camera, she finally confronts him, in an uneasy and revealing climax, on his guilt and in doing so seeks the source of her greatest pain. –IFFR
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