The actress and author presented at Cannes Continental Drift (to the south), and publishes his new novel, The game of ifs.
Miss Figaro. – If you had to describe your novel, The game of ifs in two sentences?
The heroine forgot to order her taxi, and, on a whim, takes someone else’s. What if this was an opportunity for her to change her life?
What did you have in mind while writing it?
I’m always afraid of making the wrong choice. If only we could have several lives, or rehearse, like in the theater…
What is your main character trait?
For a long time, fearful. Today, I don’t know.
Which one are you the least proud of?
I hover a little too much.
The one you hate in others?
Your anti-stress thing?
Your green gesture?
I take the metro and the bus, and I buy as little plastic packaging as possible.
Your currency ?
“Impose your luck, squeeze your happiness and go to your risk.” (Rene Char)
To write, you need…
Good music in good headphones.
On a desert island, what would you take?
My children and, if possible, music and my library…
The three basics of your wardrobe?
Jeans, white sneakers and a gray sweatshirt.
My anti-stress thing? Chocolate mousse !
The cast of an ideal dinner at your place?
My children, Boris Cyrulnik, Gaël Faye, Irène Jacob, Lucia Berlin, Eshkol Nevo, my grandmother, Juliette Joste, Bernard Campan, Ivan Calbérac, Frédéric Bélier-Garcia and José Garcia.
The gift you often give?
Perfume (it’s risky, but I spend a lot of time on it).
Music in your life?
selmasongs, of Bjork.
The book that accompanies you?
Right now, An angel at my table, by Janet Frame.
A meeting that marked you?
Suzanne Flon. She had received me at her place, I was only 20 years old, and she had spent the afternoon serving me tea and brioche while telling me stories of her life.
Living not too far from the Luxembourg Gardens, which reminds me of my childhood.
An essential app?
Deezer, the flow is fantastic!
A city that looks like you?
I would like to name a city by the sea, but it is Paris, its traffic jams and its smell of exhaust pipes.
Your Proust madeleine?
Toasted bread with a Poulain chocolate bar, and the walls painted red. Everything was red in our house, except the ceiling, which was brown…
The game of ifsby Isabelle Carré, Editions Grasset, 288 pages, €20.
Continental Drift (to the south)by Lionel Baier, in cinemas soon.