Indochine is the story of two women who are in love with the same man. In the 1930s, Eliane Devries (Catherine Deneuve) runs a rubber plantation. Her adopted daughter is Camille, an orphan Annam princess, with whom she has forged an intensely strong bond. They both, one after the other, fall for the charms of Jean-Baptiste, a naval officer, as the first insurrections are breaking out in Saigon.
Indochine: Régis Wargnier’s declaration of love to Catherine Deneuve
Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award winner in 1993, the historical and romantic panorama that is Indochine takes on a new lease of life: Cannes Classics screens a restored version of the film that Régis Wargnier wrote for Catherine Deneuve.
Régis Wargnier wrote Indochine for Catherine Deneuve. Eight years earlier, he had approached the actress with the screenplay for La Femme de ma vie (The Woman of my Life) but she had turned it down. He came back with a role conceived especially for her, that of a strong woman who allows herself to give way to passion. A film tailor-made for its leading lady, but Catherine Deneuve nevertheless voiced her concerns:
“What frightened me was saying to myself, ‘This has been written for me. These are magnificent scenes. Will I be able to be as good as they imagined?” When the scenes are very strong, very rich, as in Indochine, it’s more difficult to find things for yourself, to go beyond the words on the paper.”
In 1993, Indochine won 5 Césars, including Best Actress for Deneuve and Best Supporting Actress for Dominique Blanc. Jean Yanne was nominated Best Supporting Actor, and it is this film that established Vincent Perez’s reputation for acting seducers.
A Studiocanal presentation. Digitization from the original negative and restoration frame by frame in 4K by L’Immagine Ritrovata.