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French Beauty

Pascale Lamche

The director wants to know why beauty is so important to the French. She analyzes the relations between film industry and luxury industry – haute couture, perfumes, cosmetics – which, having become an omnipresent cliché, have established France as the epicenter of beauty and world chic. By using film segments, beauty product adds and interviews with the ‘holy trinity’ Bardot – Moreau – Deneuve and their successors Juliette Binoche, Sophie Marceau, Audrey Tautou, Chiara Mastroianni, Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg and others, the director is breaking down the myths on French beauty in an interesting way.

Pascale Lamche

Pascale Lamche entered the world of film in 1982, making documentaries and low-budget films for British Channel Four. In 1990, she moves to Paris and is mostly active as a producer. In 1996 she starts making documentaries again; after making of ‘Albert Camus: The Madness of Sincerity’ that year, ‘Sophiatown’ followed in 2002 and ‘Accused No.1: Nelson Mandela’ in 2004.

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French Beauty

Great Britain
2005, 70', color, video

Directed by:
Pascale Lamche

Nicolas Eprendre, Pascale Lamche, Svetomir Pajić

Edited by:
Florence Ricard

Michael J. McEvoy

Miriana Bojic Walter

Produced by:
ZETA Productions