Gainsbourg reprises Deneuve daughter role in 'Three Hearts'

Mon Sep 1, 2014 2:00pm EDT
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By Michael Roddy

VENICE (Reuters) - Charlotte Gainsbourg says the most exciting thing about her role in the French romantic comedy "3 Coeurs" (Three Hearts), shown in Venice, was the chance to once again play Catherine Deneuve's daughter, a role she had in her debut film when she was 12.

Director Benoit Jacquot's film is a love triangle in which a tax auditor, played by Belgian actor Benoit Poelvoorde, unwittingly falls in love with two sisters, played by Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni.

They also do not realize they are in love with the same man because one sister lives in France and the other has moved to the United States.

Playing the sister of Mastroianni, Deneuve's real-life daughter, was the role's biggest challenge, Gainsbourg told Reuters in an interview at the Venice Film Festival.

"She was playing my mother then and she was playing my mother now. The difficulty for me was to be believable with Chiara, playing her real daughter, and to feel that I could also be the other daughter, that was for me the most difficult thing because I knew there would be a complicity between them," she said.

"But the thing is that in the story my character takes a step back, so anyway there was some kind of a distance," Gainsbourg said, regarding the film's resolution.

Also screening, out of competition, at the festival is Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac Volume I and II, the Director's Cut", in which Gainsbourg is the battered woman of the title.

She said she was forever fielding questions about the Danish director and that working with Jacquot had been a very different experience.   Continued...

Cast member Charlotte Gainsbourg poses during the photo call for the movie "Nymphomaniac II" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile