A Minute With: Catherine Deneuve on freedom and aging with grace

Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:02am EDT
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By Mary Milliken

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Catherine Deneuve is now in her sixth decade making films but the French actress says she is too busy working these days to grow nostalgic about her past roles or films with acclaimed directors such as Luis Bunuel and Francois Truffaut.

In her latest film, "On My Way," in U.S. theaters on Friday, the 70-year-old Deneuve plays Bettie, a woman stuck in neutral who goes on a road trip to break free from the burden of her family's struggling restaurant and being dumped by her lover.

Behind the wheel of her old car and wearing the same clothes for days, the ex-beauty queen Bettie dances and drinks in the provincial club "Le Ranch," smokes with strangers, falls into bed with two men and builds a loving relationship with her young grandson as the green French countryside rolls by. Many of the characters are played by non-actors.

And although she is not nostalgic about her career, Deneuve spoke to Reuters about a certain nostalgia in "On My Way," how she handles growing older and her favorite TV show from America.

Q: Director Emmanuelle Bercot wrote this film for you. How did that come about?

A: I wanted to work with her; that is the main reason. I knew her as an actress and a director and I had seen her films and I thought she was very interesting. Three years ago we agreed we would do a film together and she wrote it. And I liked

the story.

Q: How often do you get offers like this from filmmakers?   Continued...

Cast member Catherine Deneuve poses during a photocall to promote the movie "Dans La Cour (In the Courtyard)" at the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter