With them, summer will finally be… hot. Monica Bellucci and Carole Bouquet, fire and ice, come together in “Les fantasmes”, by Stéphane and David Foenkinos (in theaters August 18). A comedy in six tableaux and as many couples who explore with humor the hidden sides of their desire. The opportunity for these two incarnations of beauty to confide in their femininity, seduction and the profession of actress after 50 years. Extracts.
Paris Match. In “The Fantasies”, the Foenkinos brothers’ sketch film, you play a couple of women who can only find pleasure together after the death of a famous person. Frankly, didn’t that scare you?
Monica Bellucci. I called Stéphane Foenkinos to tell him: “Are you sure about this sketch? Because death is so present, at the moment, that it’s a bit scary… ”He reassured me by talking about black comedy, bittersweet, distancing, desacralization.
Carole Bouquet. We shot in September, between the two confinements. At the start, there were a lot of scenes in an Ehpad. The subject was not obvious! But on arrival, fortunately, it is the humor that wins.
Have you ever heard of thanatophilia, this somewhat bizarre fantasy that leads the two women to have sex in a cemetery after a funeral?
M.B. No, but it’s almost a classic. We can evoke the Greek myth of Eros and Thanatos, the passionate love that brings death. Well, here it is taken to the extreme. The film humorously explores everyone’s shameful fantasies, ordinary hidden madness. We all have our problems.
C.B. Does that turn me on? Not at all. I am rather very sad when a person that I love leaves. Am I shocked though? No more than that. I have already known people who made love in cemeteries. Others prefer churches. The idea of the forbidden, of sin, can provoke desire. There is something very titillating about being out of the ordinary. And then, check out the list of bizarre fantasies listed: there are things much crazier. Did you like to embody
I made this movie because I wanted to kiss Carole Bouquet
What is there in both that you would like to borrow?
M.B. Me, I made this film because I wanted to kiss Carole Bouquet. She talks and smiles a lot, but there always emanates a form of mystery from her that appeals to me terribly.
C.B. I would borrow his nationality from him. I would like to be Italian.
Find the full interview in number 3771 of Paris Match, on sale Thursday.
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