Jacquot de Nantes
Original title:
Jacquot de Nantes
Slovenian title:
Jacquot iz Nantesa
Country, year:
France, 1991
Directed by:
Agnes Varda
Agnes Varda, Jacques Demy
Patick Blossier, Agnes Godard, Georges Strouvé
English, slovenian
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Philippe Maron (Jacquot 1), Edouard Joubeaud (Jacquot 2), Laurent Monnier (Jacquot 3), Brigitte de Villepoix (mama), Daniel Dublet (Yvon 1), Clémant Delaroche (Yvon 2)
Cannes 1991, Toronto 1991, New York 1991

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Agnes Varda started making her cinematic homage to husband Jacques Demy in 1990, when he was dying of AIDS-related complications. She crafted a biographic retelling of anecdotes from Demy's childhood, interspersed with excerpts from his films and adoring close-ups of real-life Demy himself.
Future director Jacques Demy is growing up surrounded by his loving family in Nantes in late 1930s. His father owns a garage and his mother is a hairdresser. Regardless of the social circumstances, even during Nazi occupation, young Jacques aka Jacquot is fascinated by every kind of show: theatre, cinema, puppets. He buys a camera to shoot his first amateur film. His father wants him to become a mechanic, but Jacquot only wants to study film in Paris.

"We were together thirty-two years; we were married twenty-eight and fighting and loving. … It's a fiction film, but largely it is dealing directly with Jacques' memories that he allowed me to use and I wrote the dialogue, I wrote the scenes. Maybe I pushed or was beyond what he would have done himself, but he gave me the right to make a fiction, but I know I tried as much as I could to make it his - I was digging in my own memory as if I were him. So, I made a very bizarre 'mediumnity' approach to what I had in mind even though he was alive when I did it, he was coming to the shooting, he did see most of it." (Agnes Varda)