The French director of Lebanese origin Audrey diwan has precipitated commotion in Venice with its immersive and visceral adaptation of The occasion (LŽévénement), the novel by which the author Annie ernaux recounted her personal clandestine abortion throughout her scholar days in Sixties France.
Shot in a sq. format, the movie places the viewer within the sneakers of the protagonist – the French-Romanian actress Anamaria Vartolome – whereas highlighting the political dimension of the unique novel, from the sphere of intimacy.
“When I read the book I was struck by the distance between the words ‘clandestine abortion’ and the violent reality of the process,” Diwan (born 1980) stated at a press convention.
Anna Mouglalis, Luana Bajrami, Louise Orry-Diquero, director Audrey Diwan and Anamaria Vartolomei, on the pink carpet. Picture EFE
“That is why I considered this film as a journey where the viewer does not look at the character but is her, trying to overcome the variables of the time and genre,” added the screenwriter, author, journalist and member of the 50/50 collective. to advertise gender equality in cinema.
France, 1963: authorized abortion
The story takes place in 1963, abortion was unlawful in France when Annie Ernaux (Anne within the movie) was learning Philology in Rouen and found that she was pregnant. From the primary second it was clear that she didn’t wish to have her son: she didn’t wish to hand over her research and her dream of forsaking her origins, a working-class household from a Normandy village, to change into a author.
“I have wanted to underline that social reading”, Diwan identified, “because just the fact that a proletarian girl who has grown up in the countryside says ‘I want to be a writer’, to allow herself that at that time is a miracle”.
Audrey Diwan and Anamaria Vartolomei. The movie features a stark scene of an abortion. Picture EFE
The protagonist’s odyssey is a lonely street; nobody, not your associate, not your folks, not the medical doctors, dare to defy the regulation. Diwan reveals how painful this loneliness is and the way horrible the method itself is, with a last sequence that leaves nobody detached.
Each the director and the actresses of the movie have emphasised the validity of the theme. Not solely as a result of there are international locations the place abortion remains to be unlawful, however as a result of even the place it’s allowed it’s a battle that’s by no means fairly received.
Anna Mouglalis, who performs a girl who performs clandestine abortions at dwelling, recalled that in Italy “almost 70 percent of gynecologists exercise the conscience clause” and that, with the Covid, the scenario has been “abominable” as a result of “The first interventions canceled have been abortions.”
French actress Anna Mouglalis performs a girl who performs clandestine abortions. Picture EFE
For Diwan it was essential to convey the protagonist’s battle together with her personal physique throughout being pregnant, but additionally to vindicate her need, her seek for pleasure and her freedom.
“I am passionate about the character because despite the harsh tests that he has to face, he enjoys his desire and sexual pleasure, he is a character who never lowers his eyes, always continues to advance to defend his freedom,” he stated.
Vartolomei, 22, has appreciated how “revolutionary” Annie Ernaux was in defending the reappropriation of a girl’s physique and need in a time when the topic was taboo. Of this, feminine need, she wrote in one other of his novels, Easy ardour, which was additionally made into a movie in France final yr with much less success.
Ernaux, 81, is among the most essential writers of autofiction in France and in her works she has handled the lifetime of her mom (A lady), His dad’s dying (The place) or the miseries of their marriage (The frozen girl). In Spain in 2019 he acquired the Formentor Prize for Letters.
Supply: EFE Company