She talks without holding back – in perfect English – as she does on her album of confessional folk songs about love, regret and obsession.
The songs are presented in a sophisticated and broken husky voice – with an American drawl: “I. U.” is about missing somebody; “Same Old Game” is about betrayal by a man; and “One Day After Another” is about getting off the merry-go-round of life to take time over things, which is certainly what Doillon has done.
Sixteen years after Serge Gainsbourg's death, his small, graffiti-covered Paris house is almost exactly as he left it—crammed with mementos of his poetic, nicotine-and-alcohol-fueled, sometimes scandalous life as France's most adored singer-songwriter, lover of Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot, and friend to countless taxi drivers and policemen.
His daughter, the singer and movie star Charlotte Gainsbourg, gives __ Carefully avoiding eye contact with the tourists in the street, Charlotte Gainsbourg quickly lets me into the small, graffiti-covered house at 5 bis Rue de Verneuil.
Directed by Nathalie Canguilhem, the clip follows Gainsbourg as she discovers a very strange (and very choreographed) occurance in a parking garage.
Before that film, what were your daughters - Gainsbourg, photographer Kate Barry and singer/actress Lou Doillon - like growing up in your house? Charlotte was so beautiful as a what's it called, , a ladybird, and all her school friends came as flying ants and it was quite lovely. She was wonderful to make up, but the person who made her up and dressed her up all her life was her sister Kate. At the top of my parents’ staircase in London, at my mother’s house, Kate had a Polaroid camera, and she was taking Charlotte’s photo from a very young age.
I think it determined both Charlotte’s future and Kate's future, strangely.
—to her equally memorable marriage to Serge Gainsbourg, which had its share of controversy (including a run-in with the Vatican), the British-born French icon has embodied risk-taking.
Today, "Jane and Charlotte Forever," a retrospective devoted to the filmography of Birkin and her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg, opens at the Film Society at Lincoln Center in New York.