Interview with Gazelles Audrey Fleurot, Camille Chamoux and Mona Achache


“Unlike Bridget Jones, singles don’t expect love by watching TV shows!”

Gazelles will be rebroadcast this evening on TMC. When it was released in 2014, First had met its director, Mona Achache and two of her actresses: Audrey Fleurot and Camille Chamoux, to learn the secrets of a successful romantic comedy.

Well. If I understood correctly: down with Bridget Jones, long live vodka and ciao the Häagen-Dazs in a 10-liter jar?
Audrey Fleurot : In any case, the horizon of happiness is not necessarily to meet the husband.
Camille Chamoux : Yeah, the ” Prince Charming “.
Mona Achache : And then, it was a bit the will of the film, not to be anchored in a register, or a category of films that we know – that we can also like – but where women are only treated like figures. We wanted something more realistic.
CC : Unlike Bridget Jones, singles do not expect love by watching series, between their cat and their pot of ice cream. They go out and have fun with their girlfriends drinking vodka, and incidentally going hunting. What are they doing. They don’t say to each other …
AF :…“I am in parenthesis”.
CC : Here ! If I have to wait 7 years to find a man I love, who loves me and who matches me, I won’t hang around in my room with my cat and my Häagen Dazs pot. No no no ! On the contrary, I will live, accumulate experience that will make me richer, stronger, more fun when I meet the man of my life in 2 months, 7 years or 2 and a half years.

Ithe still chances Prince Charming?
CC : Well, already, it is not a prince because we are in the XXth century. Strictly speaking, it can be a “Charming young man”.
AF : It’s the paradox. We border on cynicism because we met several Princes Charming, we broke our mouths several times, we got back in the saddle, broke our mouths again. Suddenly we lost this notion of the absolute that we could have during the first Love. And yet, we are dying to believe it again … suddenly, we are forced to reinvent the romantic relationship. And we are lucid.
MY : I prefer that to cynics! The question that the film asks is above all that of the fear of disengaging, and what we must do to get to the end of this question: “What do I really want?” “. It does not detract from our desire for Prince Charming. Even if, in this adventure, we go through sometimes pathetic, sometimes humiliating, sometimes enjoyable, sometimes painful experiences. In any case, incredibly alive and with very little cynicism.
CC : It’s something we all share: we can’t be well and find Prince Charming if we haven’t found ourselves. I have the impression that you can’t please someone if you don’t like yourself a little beforehand. To please yourself, you have to be proud of what you do, of who you are and this film also tells that: how to free yourself from many things to find who you are.

“It’s you who says when, it’s you who says who, it’s you who says how” : the mantra of the 21st century woman?
CC : Yeah!
MY : It was a way of showing that there is now a form of equality between men and women. A woman can now be the driving force in dating relationships.
CC : On the large geopolitical map of “Who caught who? “, today anyone can be a victim and a predator. Hunter or hunted.
AF : We’re all someone’s bearded man!
CC : But there ! That was the expression you put out the other day and that I loved! We all broke someone’s heart and we all got our hearts broken.

Les Gazelles: more than a girl’s film, a great generational comedy [critique]

Is this true equality?
CC : We rebalance. My character leaves the commitment in which she was locked up and that of Audrey refuses to form a couple. She refuses to take a bread in the face.
AF : She is happy in her celibacy, she is the queen of the night. She is well in this balance that she has found between her son, her friends, the guys she has sex with and her job. But, under the guise of being the most determined character, claiming his celibacy, it is the most fragile. She is handicapped in feeling and in romantic relationships. There is the fear of leaving what we know but in one direction or the other: whether it is the couple or his solo life. Another difference of our generation is the lack of “Priesthood” that our elders could have. From the moment you don’t find your way around, you prefer to stop. In our defense, we are in a society of the cult of personal development above all. Lots of selfishness, personal development, experimentation. And we find ourselves saying: “I don’t want to miss out on my life, I want to embrace as many experiences as possible”.

Finally, Les Gazelles is more than a women’s film about women, is it a real generational film?
AF : Definitely.
MY : What the characters wonder is if they live their own desire or if they follow what others want to impose on them. It may be exhibited by women in their thirties, but everyone can identify with these issues.
CC : It also speaks of the courage it takes to leave a comfortable situation. From all points of view elsewhere. At the beginning of the film, I have a staple, I have a comfortable situation but which no longer fulfills me. We can have comfort even when it is no longer a vector of fulfillment. And, in the same way, Audrey, who is the night queen, doesn’t want to leave this somewhat free and exciting comfort of life to re-engage with someone. So I think the movie is about what it’s like to take risk today. Our generation grew up in fear. The fear of AIDS, the fear of the crisis… And fear freezes our lives a little. We no longer live, we are satisfied with things. And the film is about what it’s like not to be content but to experience something.

Is girl power Beyoncé or Simone de Beauvoir?
The three together : A bit of both !
AF : And many more !
MY : Each woman must remain free to express what they want as they want. So it’s as much Beyoncé as Simone de Beauvoir or Veil or others …
CC : If Beyoncé wants to express herself by showing her ass in the clips because it makes her happy and it’s not necessarily for the man, but because it makes her kiff …
AF : … in addition she did a lot of sport, she has the right to make a profit …
CC : Yeah! And well, let her do it! I have no problem with that. We have the freedom to express ourselves through his ass, his brain, whatever you want!
Interview by Perrine Quennesson

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