Fanfan is the symbol of
their encounter. They
present an image of an
Love is stronger than love at first
It has always been like that. Love charms, worries,
frees the fantasies of the most timid, encourages men and women to follow their craziest
impulsions, multiplies their rage and their feelings by ten. Writers can make stories,
courtships and betrayals even more palpitating. Novelist Alexandre Jardin has written
about love, about this force of attraction, sentimental or sexual, pushing two human
beings to a paroxysm. The result is a great romantic love story called Fanfan.
Sophie Marceau and Vincent Perez had to be free from all prejudgments in order to offer
the viewer the perfect image of an irrepressible couple.
The choice of the director (his first film) was not
left to chance. Beautiful and sexy, Sophie Marceau, the star of Amour
braque and the romantic Letudiante, can really charm the man whose
talent recently burst forth in Indochine. Vincent Perez will go on to Queen
Margot. Isabelle Adjani will fall in love with him after Catherine Deneuve.
Together throughout their irresistible passion, far
from the violence often found in movie theatres nowadays, they look at the world around
them in a modern and right way. Their share the same age, beautiful looks and endless
charm that makes everyone dream. They speak freely like two allies.
Is love truth or illusion?
Vincent: Love is more and more important in
our society because youll find it less and less. One speaks a lot about couple
problems and it is also a source of income - look at those TV programs! TV is
interesting as it mirrors our society. Nowadays one can see true couples trying to solve
their problems on TV! But we are all looking for true love, even though fear does have an
influence on us. All religions come from our fear, and I think this is a mistake as true
philosopy can only come from our inner self and not from outside us. We grow up in a
society that takes us apart instead of showing us we are all part of the same unit.
When I was a kid, I fell in love very easily, but
they were stories that I invented myself. In fact, I was very catholic. I needed to fall
in love in order to suffer a little, in order to show myself that I was alive. I often say
that a woman can reveal a man. I love strong women who leave an impression.
Sophie: Love is to feel good with someone,
without needing to talk or do do something. It is not about love at first sight, not about
courting. The most magical part is to stay together for a long time.
Desire disappears after 4 years...
Do you believe in eternal love?
Vincent: When one falls in love, one tries to
find a solution to the declining passion. This is the theme of the movie. And with passion,
I also mean possession. The decline of passion makes us sad because we want to be
the masters of our passions. We want to master them until we are not interested in them
anymore. Because possession is winning. When love fades, it is easy to go from
the love feeling to hate. We should analyze reality around us, analyze the way people
I thought I was untouchable, and then my parents
divorced one year ago! Around me I see kids of divorced couples, and often these
separations are done in a bad way. Why? Because of passions decline. In the past,
people would listen less to their passions. They were brought up in a more rigorous
Sophie: Two authorities facing each other create trouble. One cannot have
two stars shining under the same roof. To be sweet and subdued is a feminine quality. Why
not give in? I am not in favor of tolerance where each one does what he/she wants. Love
has to be difficult and demanding. I do not like to be left alone.
We all hope it will work out forever but I try never
to count on this as a superstition. We humans are strange. It is very difficult to foresee
our changes. Scientific research has demonstrated that after four years the mutual desire
between a man and a woman disappears. Its biological. Of course, sex is not the only
important thing, but still
Perverse jealousy and deep fidelity
Does jealousy have a place in a love
Vincent: I can show jealousy, but I do not
want to be jealous. Jealousy is like a box. It has to be kept closed.
Sophie: It can be the proof of love, quite
perverse, in a way! Anyhow, the boundary between jealousy and possession is invisible
where does the first stop? Where does the second begin?
What is your attitude toward fidelity? Vincent, you once said, "one looks and then
comes the moment one has to put ones suitcase on the ground."
Vincent: It's true I said that, but I have to
admit I am surprised I expressed myself in such a way I find it a bit stupid...
Deep fidelity is a part of love.
Sophie: Nowadays couples cannot make any
effort or sacrifice. One has an affair as soon as one goes on a faraway holiday
bit exaggerated, dont you think?
What have your Fanfan characters given you?
Vincent: I felt the need to play a character
who would be more open than my previous ones. I had to create my space in front of the
camera and in life. The movie came at a good moment in my life.
Sophie: It was the last time I really wanted
to play such a character a life full of turning points. She is alive, healthy,
feels good with herself. She has no complexes. Shes a free woman like me. The
difference is I keep my feet on the ground. I do not like fantasy. It doesnt amuse
In the writer/directors spirit, Fanfan is an erotic movie. Do you agree?
Vincent: I hope so! Because he speaks about
erotism as control of passion this can really be thrilling making your body
temperature change. In order to have erotism, one needs desire, but not necessarily
Do you consider yourselves seductors? Do you play the seduction game?
Vincent: I have never been a conqueror, but I
have been impatient! Maybe I have been a conqueror as a man in love, i.e. as an animal.
One shows his colors. Keep the back upright. Keep the head straight. Smile. Be positive.
Love life. Desire happiness... All of a sudden I was like a pawn as a teenager. Later on,
I thought more about it. With experience, I changed, and today, if I start a relationship,
it is because I judge it important.
Sophie: Sure, I like to be liked and I like
seduction, but Fanfan has to face the problem that her boyfriend never tells her he loves
her out of fear that a true relationship might destroy their love.
What are you private life projects? A child? Wedding?
Vincent: On the day I get married, I
wont expect anything from it! All those stereotypes about marriage - I dont
like them! But I dont dislike marriage
it shouldn't change anything in a couples life.
Sophie: A baby? Yes, I think about it a lot. I
see a lot of pregnant women; nevertheless, I hate programming. If you program too much,
things can get in each others way. About marriage, frankly I am really
anti-catholic. I was taught christian values, but I feel closer to buddhism.
A top-model fell in love with him
Vincent Perez has often been the object of desire like many big screen
romantics. He was born in Lausanne, son of a Spanish father and a German mother - probably
the origin of his cosmopolitan charm. He literally "exploded" with
Indochine. In 1988, his talent broke free in La Maison de Jade, the story of
a difficult breakup between a woman in her 40s and a man 20 years younger. Fiction and
reality mixed when he and his co-star, Jacqueline Bisset fell in love. Today, his
girlfriend is Carla Bruni, a worldwide-known top model, whose beauty can be admired on
catwalks and in glossy fashion magazines.
"We modeled together for Vogue," says the actor.
"I was glad to model with her, but we have since thought about it and have decided to
preserve our relationship. There are always people who take pictures of us in the street,
and then publish them in all those gossip magazines. If this makes people happy, it's ok
with me. For the moment, I won't bring any lawsuits. We don't hide. Why should we?"
[Written by Bernard Ales and Jean Darbois]
[Kindly translated by Cinzia Masina]