Close to the singer during her lifetime and fervent defender of her memory, the French cinema giant did not support the false biopic devoted to the interpreter of The black Eagle. According to him, the humanity of his friend is sorely absent.
Sunday, France 2 broadcast in the second part of the evening Barbara . Carried the interpretation of Jeanne Balibar in “Lady in Black”, Mathieu Amalric’s film has fun deconstructing the clichés of the biopic to offer a tender and sometimes mischievous vision where reality merges with fiction. A tribute as unconventional as it is successful to the interpreter of Goettingen.
When it was released in 2017, for the twenty years of the singer’s death, the film had conquered criticism, offering Jeanne Balibar the César for best actress and her technical team the one for best sound. This setting in abyss of the life of Barbara on the big screen will not have been unanimous among those close to the singer. In The Obs, Gérard Depardieu had confided shortly after the release of the feature film. Scalded by the “fashion»Biopics and the overuse of the image of the one with whom he shared the stage – during the show Lily passion in 1986 -, the actor did not hide his annoyance. “I don’t want to be the guarantor of a family of undertakers or of a music industry that makes money with the twentieth anniversary of Barbara’s disappearance“, did he declare.
“We have already inflicted Patrick Bruel, that’s enough. Even Mathieu Amalric’s film is not going well. Those who knew Barbara well know that she has nothing to do with the one embodied by Jeanne Balibar. I find Louis Garrel more faithful in Godard in The Redoubtable, only this Barbara whose postures we only see in the film, but whose immense humanity we never feel. What saves Amalric’s film, however, is that it’s not a biopic. Fed up with biopics! ”, had concluded the actor, who was then preparing to defend his record on stage Depardieu sings Barbara .