Sommersby / Hollywood in the skin: Arte pays tribute to Jodie Foster before her Palme d’Or of honor

This documentary on the star of Taxi Driver and Le Silence de Agneaux can already be viewed online.

While Jodie foster is expected at the opening ceremony of the 74th Cannes Film Festival to receive the Palme d’Or of honor for the 2021 edition, Arte will offer this Sunday evening a double program dedicated to the actress. First the film Sommersby, by Jon Amiel (Copycat, Haute-Voltige), then an unpublished documentary by Camille Juza and Yal Sadat, which traces his beautiful and long career, at 10:45 p.m. Already available on the TV channel’s YouTube page, it will remain online until August 11, well after the end of the Cannes Film Festival.

Jodie Foster: why she is becoming rarer as an actress

Released in 1993, Sommersby is a remake of Return of Martin Guerre, the French drama by Daniel Vigne, with Nathalie Baye and Gérard Depardieu (1982). Jodie Foster plays the wife of a soldier, Jack Sommersby (played by Richard Gere), whom she does not recognize when he returns from the front, after the Civil War. More gentle and attentive than before his departure, he never ceases to surprise his wife, until the police come to arrest him for murder …

Jodie Foster: “It’s as if my whole life as an actress had been my film school”

Narrated by Mathieu Kassovitz, Jodie Foster: Hollywood in the skin traces in detail the career of the actress, producer and director (Le Petit homme, Family weekend, Le Complexe du Castor and Money Monster, released between 1991 and 2016), who has been shooting films since his earliest childhood. He thus wonders about the paradox of his career: she who developed the image of an independent and strong woman had to fight to emancipate herself from Hollywood, breaking her very smooth image from the age of 12, with her role. prostitute in Taxi Driver, by Martin Scorsese, resuming studies at the peak of her popularity or escaping to film in France (whose language she speaks perfectly thanks to her courses in a French-speaking institute) when she was too criticized within the Hollywood system.

The film of course evokes her trauma following the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan by a man who harassed her and tried by this attack to attract her attention in the early 1980s. He also returns to his defense of his life private, because if she has mentioned her homosexuality a few times publicly since 2007, she has always taken care not to expose herself to the public. Without forgetting his often difficult career choices: playing the victim of a gang rape in The accused, by Jonathan Kaplan, in 1988, then “the little FBI agent” who faces cannibal Hannibal Lecter and sadistic killer Buffalo Bill in Thesilenceofthelambs, by Jonathan Demme, in 1991, a mother in the midst of a divorce and violently robbed in Panic Room, by David Fincher, in 2002, or a woman whose husband was brutally murdered in Live!, by Neil Jordan, in 2007.
Finally, this documentary does not shy away from her controversies, such as her unbounded support for Mel Gibson, accused several times of having made anti-Semitic remarks, with whom she became friends on the set of Maverick, by Richard Donner, in 1994, then filmed in a bespoke role on The Castor Complex, in 2011. A complete documentary for an artist with a busy career and ultimately not so easy to summarize.

Jodie Foster: Hollywood in the skin, to see on Arte.tv

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