The first years of her life she lived in fear. Actress with small roles, especially in OSS 117: Cairo, nest of spies, Bérénice Bejo rose to prominence in 2011, when she played Peppy Miller in The Artist alongside Jean Dujardin. A role that earned her many awards, including the César for best actress, before allowing her to chain roles, sometimes in two to four films per year, most of them successful. Among the characters she plays, that of Marie in The Game of Fred Cavayé, released in 2018 and broadcast on Tuesday, January 4 on France 2.

In this feature film, the companion of Michel Hazanavicius gives the answer to Suzanne Clément, Stéphane De Groodt and Vincent Elbaz. A career at the top of the bill for Bérénice Bejo, who found in France the serenity that her family did not have when they lived in Argentina. Born in Buenos Aires in 1976, the actress was indeed confronted very early on with the difficult political situation in her country of origin, in the midst of a military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. “My parents were in hiding. At one point, my father was in hiding. arrested, we find compromising things in his car. He finds himself facing a wall, ready to be shot. But I don’t know everything, I just know things like that that we could put in a movie “, had -she thus entrusted last October on France Inter.

These films that Bérénice Bejo refused out of “respect” for her parents

A real family trauma for the actress, whose parents “decided to tell the best”, and for whom it is always “very painful, very hard to talk about”. “My father makes jokes about it all the time even if it’s not funny. They tell it and sometimes they break down. They don’t want to read stuff about it”, she had confided. When she was three years old, Bérénice Bejo’s family finally settled in France. But despite the past years, and the end of the dictatorship in Argentina, the actress has “refused all films in Argentina that talk about the dictatorship”. “I can’t go. Maybe out of respect for my parents. It’s too painful,” she concluded.

Bérénice Bejo © COADIC GUIREC

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