"IT TRULY HONORS THE SUBJECT’S GENIUS BY LETTING THE WORK LITERALLY SPEAK FOR ITSELF." - VARIETY
FRANCE • BIOPIC, DRAMA • 97 MINS • 2017 • PG
Directed by: MATHIEU AMALRIC
Starring: Jeanne Balibar, Mathieu Amalric, Vincent Peirani, Aurore Clément
A dreamy film-within-a-film biopic of a mononymous chanteuse, Barbara is the third film directed by one of France’s most respected actors, Mathieu Amalric (known to many English-speakers for his villainous turn in the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace). Teaming with his former off-screen wife, Jeanne Balibar – who ably shoulders the lead-within-a-lead – this is a visually striking homage to a music icon.
Brigitte (Jeanne Balibar) has been cast to play the title role in an upcoming film based on the life of Barbara. As the film’s director, Yves (Mathieu Amalric) – himself obsessed with Barbara – drives Brigitte on an uncompromising search to unearth the vocal, intellectual and emotional essence that made her one of the most popular entertainers in France of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Reality and fantasy merge into one, as she 'becomes' Barbara in the finest of method-acting traditions.
Co-written by Amalric with his On Tour (AF FFF2011) collaborator Philippe Di Folco, this enigmatic experiment dextrously intercuts archival footage of Barbara (born Monique Serf) alongside Balibar’s on-screen portrayal and, in the process, showcases the singer’s immense talent and irrefutably mesmerising catalogue of torch songs.
French with English subtitles
Opening Night, Closing Night
Special Event, Q&A
Not showing in Parramatta.
Not showing in Avoca Beach.