Tag Archives: Jeanne Balibar

Le dos rouge / Portrait of the Artist (2014) Antoine Barraud, Bertrand Bonello, Jeanne Balibar, Géraldine Pailhas, Drama

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A Chinese aphorism says that although the poet dreams he is a butterfly, it is perhaps instead the butterfly that dreams it has become a poet. In Le dos rouge, a famous filmmaker played by Bertrand Bonello searches for an image of the uncanny. An eccentric female art historian accompanies him through museums, where they examine and discuss numerous works of art. A metamorphosis gradually takes place, as red marks appear on the filmmaker’s back.
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At Ellen’s Age / Im Alter von Ellen (2010) Pia Marais, Jeanne Balibar, Stefan Stern, Georg Friedrich, Drama

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A woman puts herself through some remarkable changes in this drama from director Pia Marais. Ellen is a flight attendant edging into middle age who is growing disenchanted with her job and gets a wake-up call about her love life when her boyfriend Florian informs her he’s been sleeping with another woman – who is soon to make him a father. Florian proposes that he, Ellen and the other woman could all live together, which doesn’t agree with Ellen, and after she stuffers a panic attack during a flight, Ellen walks away from her job. With no idea of what she wants to do with herself, Ellen almost randomly falls in with a radical animal rights group and embraces a new life of political action, drugs and free love. Has Ellen truly embraced a new life, or is she simply reacting to her anger over what happened to the old one? Im Alter Von Ellen (aka At Ellen’s Age) was an official selection at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival.
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