Tout nous sépare (All That Divides Us)
France | 2017 | 99 min. | Colour
After His Mother’s Eyes, I wanted to write for Catherine Deneuve again. It wasn’t long before I got the idea of a woman who would take up arms to protect her daughter, a warrior who would defend her territory at all costs. But instead of telling her the story, I referred to actresses we both love – Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Joan Bennett, Ann Sheridan. In today’s world, what kind of heroines would they be? What image of woman would they project? How would they still inspire our fascination today? I started imagining her burning a car in the middle of the night, or picking up an old hunting rifle to ward off dangerous trespassers, a vision a bit like Gena Rowlands in Gloria, by John Cassavetes - strong-willed, powerful and courageous. Yet not quite as straightforward as she seems to be.