With the arrival of the film “While I Live” in video clubs, we can continue to discover Emmanuelle Bercot’s work as a director. She, who is one of the most talented actresses in current French production, has in fact also developed an interesting career as a filmmaker, punctuated by a special creative alliance with Catherine Deneuve.
Deneuve is in “While I Live” as he was also, for example, in “Ela Está de Partida”, available in streaming, a title that Bercot directed in 2013, earning Deneuve a nomination for the César for best actress (a distinction she already won twice). The least that can be said is that it is a story centered on a figure as original as he is complex.
Bettie, Deneuve’s character, is someone who struggles with aging. On the one hand, she is living in a relationship that is slowly falling apart; on the other hand, her restaurant does not seem to meet her expectations, either in terms of work or income. She therefore decides to take a trip on which, due to a series of incidents, she ends up being accompanied by her grandson. Purpose? Even she doesn’t know very well… “she’s leaving”…
We are not, far from it, facing a paternalistic narrative about the “third age”. Through Deneuve’s subtle performance, Betti emerges as a woman aware of the mistakes in her life path, at the same time with an energy capable of making her overcome all emotional obstacles. One of the wonders of Bercot’s film is the way in which Bettie’s dramas find an unusual resonance in the captivating figure of her grandson — Némo Schiffman, her young interpreter (born in Paris, in 2000), is really the great revelation of “She It’s on the way.”