JANE BY CHARLOTTE is Charlotte Gainsbourg spending time with her mother actress and singer Jane Birkin and trying to find out about the woman herself. Not mom, not the media figure, but the person on the inside . It is the film I wish I could have made about my mother.
The film has floored me. Part of it is that I was expecting a conventional biography and instead I got something deeper and more meaningful. The film is a deep exploration of the parent child dynamic that speaks volumes about how we see ourselves and our parents and our children.
As telling as the film about Birkin, the film also reveals a great deal about Gainsbourg,. We learn a great deal about her via the way she portrays her mother.
What I loved was that having interviewed Charlotte Gainsbourg a couple years back I see where how she pulled things from her mother both in real life and for her role of Romain Gary's mother in PROMISE AT DAWN
This is one of the best films I’ve seen at the New York Film Festival. Highly recommended.