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La Bouche de Jean-Pierre

La Bouche de Jean-Pierre
Sandra Sammartino

Sandra Sammartino

Screen Time: 85%
Role: Mimi
Age: 10 years old

 

La Bouche de Jean-Pierre

1996
Mimi
Rating: 8.86 (7 votes)
Directed: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Country: France
Language: French
Genre: Drama, Short
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115735

Summary

Modern-day France. One night, young Mimi helplessly watches her mother try to commit suicide. As the woman slowly recovers in hospital, Aunt Solange takes the little girl to her housing project. So as not to disturb things in the apartment, Solange puts Mimi in a corner near the door. But, from the first night on, the little girl's sleep is disturbed by the arrival of Solange's boyfriend, Jean-Pierre.

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It is an ordinary, everyday story, rather gloomy and pessimistic, seen entirely through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl," says director Lucile Hadzihalilovic about her second short, La bouche de Jean-Pierre.

The film tells the story of Mimi, a little girl whose mother tries to commit suicide one night after her lover leaves her. The next day, when her mother is taken to hospital, aunt Solange takes Mimi to live with her in Parisian suburbia. Aunt Solange is not unkind, but she is not exactly prime parental material.

The first night of her stay, Mimi witnesses her aunt making love to Jean-Pierre. Feeling very lonely and the relationship between herself and her aunt becoming more strained, Mimi withdraws into herself, keeping her emotions in check. Pining for her mother, Mimi takes "action", swallowing some sleeping pills in the expectation that she will join her mother in hospital.

"The entire film is shot in interiors, reflecting the mood of Mimi," explains Hadzihalilovic. "It is quite sombre and claustrophobic, just like my first short, La Premiere mort de Nono. I was told that La Bouche de Jean-Pierre is reminiscent of early Polanski, namely Repulsion and The Tenant".

Mimi is played by Sandra Sammartino. "She is rather intense, a real natural and extremely perceptive," says Hadzihalilovic, "I was delighted by her performance." Jean-Pierre and Solange, are played by Michel Trillot and Denise Schopfer respectively, both theatre actors making their feature debut.