DISAPPEARANCE – The actress, revealed at the age of 15 in 1981 by Bertrand Blier’s film and also known by the surname of Ariel Bresse-Atanoux, died on May 29 in Flayosc in the Var where she lived.
In 1981, his charm, his ingenuity burst the screen and caused a scandal. Ariel Besse in the character of a fifteen-year-old teenager preferred to live with her stepfather played by the anxious Patrick Dewaere rather than with her father camped by Maurice Ronet. With this reincarnation of Lolita, Bertrand Blier, the director of the film, almost ten years later The Valseuses once again hit the headlines. On May 29, the actress, who was 56 years old, died at her home in Flayosc, a small town in the Var near Draguignan, where she lived.
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The blinding limelight
Ariel Besse was born on October 7, 1965. In 1981, Bertrand Blier entrusted her with the key role of Marion in Stepfather after initially considering hiring Sophie Marceau. The film is presented at the Cannes Film Festival but it causes a scandal because the girl had to play some scenes topless. The actress, only 15 years old, will climb the steps of the Festival alongside the director and Patrick Dewaere, a moment, for her, as unforgettable as it is inhibiting.
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After these first (too?) glorious steps in the seventh art, Ariel Besse continues with two films, More by Léon Desclozeaux and We don’t care, we love each other by Michel Gerard. Success did not turn her head, however, and the novice actress decided to perfect her stage art by taking courses at the Paris Theater Conservatory and National Conservatory of Dramatic Art.
His path is traced. Far from the limelight that blinded her, performing under the name of Ariel Bresse-Atanoux, the actress will now work most often for a troupe that was dear to her, the company of the late choreographer Katja Cavagnac.
Stepfather by Bertrand Blier in 1981, with Patrick Dewaere, Ariel Besse, Maurice Ronet, Nicole Garcia…