The Girl from Brest: Sidse Babett Knudsen at the top

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The Girl from Brest
High and Short

Emmanuelle Bercot (La Tete haute) returns to the portrait of a woman, carried by the charisma of Sidse Babett Knudsen.

During the César 2016, where she obtained the precious statuette for her supporting role in Hermine, Sidse babett knudsen had produced a lively, funny and moving speech which hinted at a somewhat exuberant nature that one did not suspect in the heroine of the series Borgen. It is undoubtedly this energy and this enthusiasm thatEmmanuelle Bercot wished for the character ofIrene Frachon, this pulmonologist at the origin of the Mediator scandal whose The girl from Brest , released in the same year, tells the story of the fight. By attributing to him a false Danish origin, Bercot was able to make the choice of Sidse Babett Knudsen credible. And that’s good.

Here is our review, republished on the occasion of the film’s broadcast, this Wednesday evening, on Arte.

L’Hermine: Sidse Empress

From Catherine to Sidse

The foreground of The Girl from Brest echoes that ofShe leaves : at the seaside, a woman (played yesterday by Catherine Deneuve, today by Sidse Babett Knudsen) seems to be wondering. Will she take the plunge? If the French actress was content to symbolically cast off, her Danish counterpart puts it into practice and almost drowns. A difference that impacts the style of the film. She leaves was a road movie, a film in motion and in freedom; The Girl from Brest is a thesis film whose rhythm is provided by the main character, obliged to rush to advance his cause in a hospital-pharmaceutical environment defined by a prodigious inertia. On the one hand, the natural and unpredictable movement conducive to existential comedy; on the other, the constrained movement favoring the dependent picture. It is, in this regard, amusing to note that it is Catherine Deneuve who breathed the name of Sidse Babett Knudsen to Emmanuelle Bercot.

the Erin Brockovich French

It will undoubtedly be reproached to The Girl from Brest not to take half measures and to glorify his heroine – who is one, literally “alone against all”. This is not quite true and, at the same time, why not? LikeErin Brockovich, the acknowledged reference, the film by Bercot retraces David’s eternal fight against Goliath in a feminine fashion, softer, more seductive, rounder, without departing from a good dose of mischief which makes it very pleasant to watch. A real ball of energy that gives the story its furious rhythm, Sidse Babett Knudsen is the ideal interpreter.

Trailer :

During her lifetime: Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Magimel moving for Emmanuelle Bercot [bande-annonce]

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