Nicole Garcia became a mother at 18: “It’s an outbreak of guilt”

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Currently at the heart of a retrospective at the Cinémathèque française, Nicole Garcia began her career very early, at the age of 21. And the arrival of his two sons did not make it easy for him.

She is a pillar of cinema, and cinema gives her back. From November 15 to 26, 2021, the Cinémathèque française, located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, is organizing a Nicole Garcia retrospective. The event opened with the preview of the director’s new film, Amants, and will continue, among other things, with a film lesson in the company of Nathalie Baye and Jacques Fieschi. Of course, such an impressive career cannot be built without sacrifice.


I must have often been missed by my childrenVery discreet about her private life, Nicole Garcia is the mother of two boys, now men, the director Frédéric Bélier-Garcia, born in 1965, and the singer and actor Pierre Rochefort, born in 1981

from his union with Jean Rochefort. . Unfortunately, by continuing the shootings, the filmmaker did not see her children grow up as she would have liked. “It’s complicated to do this job while being a mother,” she explains in the columns of the newspaper Le Figaro. “It’s an outbreak of guilt wherever you are. My children must have often missed me. I thought I would make up for it afterwards, but don’t these lacks leave traces? ”

 Making a movie takes you two years of your life Although she remains an actress at heart, Nicole Garcia has ended up going behind the camera. Her first short film, titled August 15, dates from 1986 and her youngest boy was still very small when she looked into the project. This is why Pierre Rochefort suffered more from the absence of his mother – he himself became a father at 19. “Actress, after eight weeks, everything is folded. Making a film, it takes you two years of your life,” she recalls. The new fruit of her labor, Lovers, will be released in cinemas on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. The director’s children will undoubtedly be there …