Where did you get the idea for this film?
This film was born out of a visceral need to express the want of love, feelings of insecurity and emotional dependence. I wanted to show female characters in all their complexity: their strengths and their cracks, their resilience, the times when they fall, that burning moment before they act and during the act itself. Using the unique relationship which unites this child and her mother, I wanted to express the feelings which unite and separate the two main characters: their unease; their way of being in the world, without points of reference, without anything to hang on to; the weapons they don't have, that they invent for themselves, clumsily, which lead to dependence and addiction. In one sense, Gueule d'Ange is a film about learning and about rebirth.
Tell us about your actors.
Right from my very first conversation with Marion, I could feel the motivation for the emotions that she could give Marlène, in the way she spoke of her with such love and empathy. She shaped the character, delicately, by gradually charting Marlène's feelings, her experience of abandonment, her unease, on her body. When Ayline Aksoy-Etaix appeared at the casting, I felt as though I recognised Elli. She has left a totally unique stamp on the character, which was over and above what I asked of her: a strength, an independence, a freedom which came from Ayline herself. She inhabited the role with a remarkably mature sensitivity and intelligence. Alban Lenoir perfectly embodied the character of Julio: silent, solitary, enigmatic in his way and at the same time with a palpable sensitivity mixed with a childlike quality. Alban can express that toughness thanks to his physicality, while still keeping something of the child in his gaze.