The 23rd Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, co-presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance, brings you the 60th year of Jean-Pierre Leaud’s acting life. As the actor Jean, he finds it hard to play his own death. Understandably so, since, as one of the crew reminds us, “nobody can.” That said, Leaud comes close. As always, he stubbornly improvises his lines and, presumably, many of those of the ten children who play his confederates.
There are two films within the film. The first is the movie where Jean dies, being made by professionals who “take the work seriously.” The second is the ghost story being made by the children who make their movie for the love of making movies. (CONTINUED)