PARIS MATCH MAGAZINE
January 21, 1993
THE DESIRE OF A COUPLE
The son of an well-known scriptwriter, Alexandre Jardin has been naturally attracted to movies. The young literary talent, who gave teenagers the taste of reading again, chose to adapt one of his own novels, Fanfan, (more than 350,000 copies sold in less than 6 months in 1990). He will also debut as director at the age of 27. Sophie Marceau and Vincent Perez are the actors in this old-fashioned story, a tender hymn to chastity.
"I strongly refuse description, "he says. "I want to go directly towards emotion. I don't care if the star in my movie is blonde or brunette. I am just interested in her feelings." This gave a brilliant result in the book, and the film is just as good. The writer-director comments on his first images.
Sophie (solar) dazzles Vincent (strength)...
"I had a strong will to make a movie on desire, a film with real
stars. This means allowing the actors to be great, not just good, and return to the
mythic, irresistible couples. Return to the origin of the emotional cinema, a certain kind
of living poetry. Find the eroticism in control, and not by filming sex scenes. Thrills
coming from the image of a woman coming out of the sea hiding her breasts. Better than
showing them, it keeps the public in tension. And I especially tried to forget all about
my book and to adapt the story to my actors and listen to what they were ready to give
Why did I just want them? Because she is the most solar of our actresses.
She's the light. She was ready to play her first character of a young woman, renewing
herself by leaving the girl behind and becoming a true woman on the screen, the one
you want to marry. We just followed her natural movements."