Death of Jean-Claude Brisseau, a “particular man” for Vanessa Paradis


Jean-Claude Brisseau died, Saturday, may 11, at Paris, at the age of 74 years. The French director has succumbed to a long illness, a sad news was announced by his entourage.


Become a personality to the sulfurous aura after the cases of sexual harassment, Jean-Claude Brisseau had been caught up by the movement “#metoo”, the Cinémathèque cancelling by the end of 2017 the retrospective that she had to devote to it. He had been sentenced to a year in jail for sexual harassment of two young actresses who were hoping to land their first role in the feature film secret Things (2002).


His film Wedding in White, released in 1989, will remain his biggest hit (over 1.8 million entries). There was directed a certain Vanessa Paradis, for whom this was the first steps in the cinema. In an interview with the World this Sunday, may 12, the actress and singer, 46-year-old is back on their collaboration that would never have had to exist since the role had first been entrusted to Charlotte Valandrey. “The director of Noce blanche, Jean-Claude Brisseau, was chosen Charlotte Valandrey for the role. But the production, The Films du losange, had difficulties to edit the film, they have to seek financing through my name. It was, therefore, a demand of the producers“, she says.


In this movie Vanessa Paradis plays the role of Mathilde Tessier, “an ex-prostitute drug addict in love with his teacher twenty-five years older than she is.” This professor is played by Bruno Cremer. The mother of Lily-Rose Depp remembers Jean-Claude Brisseau, as d’”un man extremely particular“, but also “very great, very authoritarian, with this deep voice.” This shoot was a very “hard” for the former of Johnny Depp , married since June 2018 to Samuel Benchetrit. “Maybe Brisseau also tried to go to the conflict to pull me out of my comfort zone, to get certain emotions. He said to me constantly: ‘I don’t want you to minaudes’“she recalls.


Thanks to this first role, Vanessa Paradis was awarded the César for most promising female in 1990.


The director enrolled later another idol of the young, Sylvie Vartan , whom he entrusted in 1994 to a dramatic role in The black Angel released in 1994. Contacted by AFP in Los Angeles, where she lives, the singer 74-year-old was “very saddened by this news“. “I kept only good memories of our collaboration in The black Angel, she added. It is an artistic experience that I’ll always keep as a wonderful memory. I loved working with him. My thoughts go out to his wife Lisa“.


Jean-Claude Brisseau has also carried out Noise and Fury, was released in 1988, another film shock with the faithful Bruno Cremer, on the outskirts this time. In 2012, The Girl from nowhere , he was awarded the Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard) at the Locarno international film Festival. That the devil wins is his last film, released in early 2018, with Fabienne Babe.

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