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The Difficult Art of Listening
VOUS NE DÉSIREZ QUE MOI / I WANT TO TALK ABOUT DURAS
Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

The French director, Claire Simon, is at the Festival to present Vous ne désirez que moi, a portrait of the relationship between the novelist Marguerite Duras and her much younger partner, Yann Andréa. Her film is based entirely on transcripts from a 1982 interview between Andrea and the journalist Michéle Manceaux which was later turned into a book.

Simon loved the book when she read it and confessed that she was an admirer of Duras. However, she wanted to make quite clear that this was a film about Yann Andréa. “We always focus on the text. Quite often in films we make adaptations and record things written in a text, but what we’ve done here is make a film from a written text which we listen to.

Emmanuelle Davos, who plays Michéle Manceaux, also drew attention on the fact that she’d really been looking forward to making a film in which she expressed herself not through the spoken word but by only using body language and facial gestures when listening, whereas Swann Arlaud, who plays Andréa, had the opposite problem: he had to work with huge amounts of dialogue.

 
Swann Arlaud, Emmanuelle Devos and Claire Simon
Swann Arlaud, Emmanuelle Devos and Claire Simon

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