Festival de Cannes 70: Irène Jacob, 1991

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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Personally speaking, Irène Jacob‘s screen presence has more than once inspired my own creation on on-screen heroins in mt screenwriting. In La double vie de Véronique she shows a range of performance (not unlike the brilliance on display in Krzysztof Kieślowski‘s Three Colors: Red), whether it be the child-like hope of her singing or exploring ways to see the world, or the heavy sadness that somehow overcomes her throughout. She seems to be on the brink of joy or tears, we are not always sure which, and Jacob has the perfect face for such multi-emotional performance in a dual role. It is a tranquil, subtle piece of expressive, non-explosive acting. Kieślowski was renowned for bullying his own ability as a film-maker to convey exactly to the screen what was in his creative mind (not the only one to feel this way I suspect). With Jacob’s help here, and elsewhere, I can’t see what greater way he could have seen this.

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