Cannes (France) (AFP)
If you’ve blinked, you’ll have missed Renate Reinsve’s film career until she became the undisputed star of the Cannes Film Festival, taking home the Best Actress award on Saturday.
At 33, the Norwegian actress was at an age when many in her place were starting to think of another career, and they really should have listened to their parents.
Until the premiere of “The Worst Person In The World”, the highlight of Reinsve’s time on the big screen was just one minute 10 years ago.
That minute, however, was in Joachim Trier’s “Oslo, August 31,” and the rising Nordic director couldn’t get it out of his mind.
“I’ve always wondered why the hell Norwegian cinema is so messed up that it hasn’t had a starring role yet?” Trier told AFP.
“It’s so stupid that I thought I would make a movie with her. “
“Nobody saw me in anything,” Reinsve said, laughing hours after The Guardian compared his protean talent to that of Alicia Vikander and Lily James.
– ‘A star is born’ –
He also said that “she is so good. A star is born ”, review after review, marveling at this“ luminous ”,“ sparkling ”,“ dazzling ”stranger.
“It’s a bit overwhelming for me,” Reinsve admitted a few days later. “The other day I woke up and threw up. And today I woke up and cried.
“This is my first leading role. I did a lot of theater and very little, not terrible stuff in Norwegian movies and television, ”she said with a laugh.
# photo1But Trier never doubted her and the tearful actress thanked her for “making movies so easy” as she won her award.
Although they only had one line in “Oslo, August 31,” the pair spent nine days touring together because Trier wanted a “specific light situation and their roles ranged from night to small. morning.
“The irony is that I really got to know her. We had a real one-line cinematic experience, ”he said.
The two became friends and eventually Trier and co-writer Eskil Vogt – who has another movie, “The Innocents” in Cannes – wrote “The Worst Person in the World” “specifically for Renate”.
“There is a lot of her in the character. She had a big, big impact on this film, ”Trier told AFP.
– ‘Touchstone for millennials’ –
Reinsve plays Julie in her twenties ricocheting through relationships and trying to find herself through the men in her life until she finally defines her own path.
Film industry bible Variety was so impressed with this melancholy mix of musical, romantic comedy, and coming-of-age story that they said it “deserves to be a movie. benchmark ”for millennials.
But at first, Reinsve had his worries. She said she was nervous about playing a woman written by two men.
“I was very surprised when I read the script because I was in so much contact with it.
“The character is so close to me and I experienced the same thing as Julie … all the self-doubts” and the indecision that accompanies you until your twenties …
“And Joachim was also very clear that he needed my input and that was very important to both of us. “
# photo2 The character resonated strongly with her.
“Growing up before #MeToo, you kind of shape yourself with strong opinions and the presence of men. You do it, ”she insisted.
“She finds her identity in the eyes of others. When you break free from it, you become yourself and stronger. And #MeToo was a big help, ”said the actress, who didn’t even have an agent until she arrived in Cannes. .
Trier said Reinsve’s knack for improvising dialogue was key to the movie’s magic. “I could cut four or five different versions of any scene with her in this movie. “
– Dream sequence sex scene –
It also includes a dream sequence sex scene.
“Renate and I talked a lot about sexuality and erotica” for weeks before the shoot, Trier said.
“Sex and eroticism are an integral part of the human being. I would be an idiot if I avoided this just because I was a man doing a movie about a young woman. “
Reinsve said the time and confidence built up over months of preparation and rehearsal has also helped deepen the chemistry between her and her co-star Anders Danielsen Lie, who also shines on “Bergman’s Island” in Cannes.
Trier said his 54-day long shoot was the secret. “It’s emotional exploitation in some ways… if you don’t give the actors time to do a decent job when they’re exposed heart-to-hearted. “
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