Present in practically every shot of the film, everything rests on her shoulders. Full of patience, humor and talent, she held up through a grueling shoot. Thanks, Sandrine!
She studied at the Cours Florent and L’Ecole du Théâtre du Chaillot. She acted notably under the direction of Jérôme Savary (Nina Stromboli, Rigoletto) at the Théâtre National de Chaillot and at the Opéra Bastille with Alfredo Arias (Carmen).
She has also sung under the direction of Michel Legrand.
We were lucky that that he accepted to participate in this adventure. Who could dream of a more exceptional voice for the role of the hypnotist?
To film with an actor with such intuition is a joy! It’s stupefying to watch him pick up a text for the first time and hear it with the perfect tones and intonations. Directing such an actor becomes superfluous...
Gérard has a long filmography, and has also worked in television and theatre. He has done the voiceover for numerous documentaries and well as over 1000 commercials!
He is also a playwright and director. His most recent plays are Carnaval and La Convocation!.
‘The mysterious man’ is how his character is named in the credits.
He had a lot of fun playing this ambigious role, a type he has rarely had the chance to play, and to cross his intriguing silhouette with the path of our heroine.
To play this role, Serge Frédéric accepted to return in front of the cameras after completing a long career in the cinema in which he acted, most notably with Marcello Mastroianni, Bernard Blier, Peter Ustinov, Ursula Andress, and many others on sound stages over several decades.
The mother of our heroine. She’s where the trouble starts...
For an actor that has already expressed her talent on the screen (under the direction of Raoul Ruiz notably), the theatre, television and radio, an interactive film was a new experience for Catherine Oudin. She doesn’t hide a special love for the stage where she worked under some of the theatre’s most prestigious directors, including Antoine Vitez...
Thanks to her vast experience, she was able to support and lend a hand to the less experienced actors she shared scenes with in Hypnosis. But more importantly, she gave an indispensable presence to this essential role!
Always curious for new forms of expression, she has recently tried her hand at directing a circus show.
She is the heroine’s art professor and she has a hard time believing in our heroine’s sincerity...
In the course of her career the list of Huguette’s acting partners constitute a veritable pantheon! A few names chosen at random, just to give you an idea: Edith Piaf, Louis Jouvet, Michel Picoli, Daniel Gélin, Marie-France Pisier, Timothy Dalton, Rutger Hauer, Lambert Wilson, Farrah Fawcett… We could fill up an entire page!
But here again, her vast experience doesn’t alter her curiousity for new things, and after reading the scenario, Huguette immediately accepted to join the cast.
She wore an artist’s smock with great ease and there was nothing more to do than turn the cameras on and let this actor do her thing.
The heroine’s older brother. He has little patience with his sister...
Antoine has a career on both sides of the Atlantic, in television (with Stacy Keach) as well as in film (with Leonardo di Caprio, Gérald Depardieu). He also occasionally appears in the French TV series Un gars, une fille. His dashing smile has come to the attention of ad agencies who regularly use him in commercials.
Enthusiastic and generous, he is always ready to give his best whatever the circumstances… and on a film shoot, circumstances aren’t always ideal! Unlike the role he plays, Antoine is a very patient man.
The heroine’s brother is not a faithful husband. This is the woman he turns to...
When Natalie decides to get involved in a project, she doesn’t do it halfway! Her role in the film is short but crucial, and Natalie knew it. Her performance is passionate, intense and excellently played.
A film shoot is all the more enjoyable when talent is accompanied by an endearing and likable nature. To see her leave the set at the end of her day of shooting, and thus be deprived of her company, pulled on our heartstrings...
She has added a cord to her bow by passing behind the camera. She recently directed a short film entitled, Terre minus.
ALEXANDRE LE PROVOST
The heroine’s lover (oh yes, she has a lover…).
Casting this role was particularly delicate, which you will see for yourself when you’ve seen the different versions of the film. This role required an actor capable of portraying contrasting personalities.
Luckily we met Alexandre, who had this ability, as well as an extremely subtle manner of playing, to give the impression of a completely different personality from one version of the script to another...
Alexandre started in film, but for several years won role after role in television! Today he plays one of the lead characters in the series Léa Parker.
Our heroine’s best friend.
Trained at the Ecole Florent, she has acted in theatre and film, notably with Alain Chabat in Didier.
Véronique had only one day’s shooting on the film but she succeeded in making us believe she was the heroine’s childhood friend with the mixture of complicity and teasing she brought to the role.
Her full and bell-like laugh still echoes in our memory of a day that was otherwise difficult and long...
A good friend of our heroine, but for how long?
Former student of the Cours Florent, Fanny has already interpreted roles for theatre and television, as well as many short films.
As was the case with Véronique, we only had one day to enjoy Fanny’s company. We saw her hit her marks and become a part of the trio of women with great ease.
Her composition adds greatly to one of the film’s liveliest scenes.
She plays the heroine’s sister-in-law, the wounded wife...
Violaine wasn’t originally cast in this role. An actress who was used to stage acting found herself paralysed in front of the camera, and so co-producer and co-writer Violaine Meunier became an actress to save a very tight shot list!
Thankfully, Ali Bali knew she had a talent for acting and Violaine took on the challenge of this unforseen role with gusto, bringing the scenario’s subtlest indications to the camera. Violaine was even more prepared in that she had been writing and rewriting the scenario for weeks. That’s what we call having an intimate knowledge of the character!
To learn more about how she and Ali Bali imagined the My Interactive TV concept, click here.
His is the deep, strong and gravelly voice that questions viewers during the film’s interactive moments.
Gabriel has now reached the 55 year mark… of his career! Well-known in Quebec where he lives and works, he comes to France regularly where his extraordinary elegance and energy light up the stage.
During one of his performances in Paris we asked him put his mark on the My Interactive TV project. This wasn’t his first experimental piece and he gave himself with a joyful heart during the recording session. He offered such a series of variations that it was difficult to choose a take. That’s great art!
Photos by Jean-Paul Lozouet, from the show " La dernière bande" by Samuel Beckett.
Marguerite DE BELLESCIZE
She’s the voice that so unravels the heroine!
During a work session with composer Yannick Paget before that tape was recorded, Ali Bali and he were discussing the scene where the main character is watching a documentary about hypnosis. Yannick’s (future) wife, Marguerite arrived at that moment and won the role of the voice-over!
Just a recording session later and there she was an integral part of the film… More acquainted with public relations, Marguerite has nonetheless a well-developed artistic side as she is a violinist in the Oya Kephale troup that Yannick has been directing for 10 years.
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