We ’Don’t smile’ in My Little Princess directed by Eva Ionesco. The actress who has now turned to directing litterally baffles us with this feature film related to her very own story.
mikahsupageek and cc-in-paris are still in Cannes, and with the pass given by Lomography and MUBI, they have been invited to a screening of My Little Princess, directed by Eva Ionesco. Here are their thoughts…
This is quite a polemical movie, dealing with the idea of a forbidden eroticism and incest, through the relationship between a mother and her daughter.
The young and innoncent Violetta (Anamaria Vartolomei) gets sucked into the artistic world of her mother (Isabelle Huppert), who is an eccentric photographer. A world where she doesn’t belong (yet) and which is going to steal her innoncence.
The soundtrack of first photoshoot set up by her mother is made of whinings, and the clics of the trigger can’t help but remind us of some uncomfortable sexual frolics.
The freedom of artistic expression is pushed to the edge with all the photo shots. Loaded with an old Nikon SLR and Kodak Tri-X 400 films, the mother is constantly struggling with her daughter, who first felt excited about reaching the maturity of a woman, who then changse her mind and does not let her mother take naked pictures of her anymore.Throughout the movie, the innoncence of the little girl seen through the lens of the camera fades away and slowly becomes deeper, confusing and baffling.
This is a story of love and hate, the story between a mother and daughter who happen to share some similar traits, showing the thin line that separates what’s forbidden from what can be tolerated.
It’s all about balance, the balance that every photographer should be looking for.
Here’s the trailer for this movie :