France | 86 minutes | 2021
Jane By Charlotte
Southeast US PremiereIn creating a documentary portrait of a parent, as internationally acclaimed Jewish actor Charlotte Gainsbourg (star of MJFF films The Jews, Ismael's Ghosts, and Promise at Dawn) does in her directorial debut, one could overly flatter the subject or iron out the tough creases. Gainsbourg avoids these traps in her wise and wondrous film about her legendary mother, the singer and actress Jane Birkin. Consisting of several intimate conversations between parent and child, as well as footage of Birkin performing onstage, the result is a spare, loving window into the emotional lives of two women as they talk about subject matter that ranges from the delightful to the difficult: aging, dying, insomnia, celebrity, and their differing memories of their shared past, which includes Charlotte’s father and Jane’s husband, legendary French Jewish singer Serge Gainsbourg. Jane by Charlotte is an unexpected, imaginatively visualized work that affords intimate access to someone whom many of us only think we know.
Golden Eye Nominee at the Cannes Film Festival
Directed by Charlotte Gainsbourg