Fanny Ardant Poster

Quotes (8)

  • [answering a question about what she wants to do before she passes] I would like to be a hairdresser - a shop in a small village in Italy, Sicily. Sometimes I dream about it. I would cut the hair of everyone - from the priest to the Mafioso, the beautiful lady and the young girl in the wedding. It would be the most important place in the village.
  • The strength of the French cinema [is that] the director puts the woman in the middle of the story. And if you look at French literature carefully - Balzac, Flaubert, Stendahl - always look for the woman.
  • I think it will become more and more normal to see older actors because the population is becoming more and more older. It's like wine, cinema.
  • [on undertaking a role] If you prepare too much, after a while you are not surprised any more by the way the man - the husband or the lover - is going to look at you, to smile at you, to answer you. It's better to be available.
  • [on François Truffaut] For him, film was a matter of life and death. He used to say, "In films, trains never run late" - I love that. Film was his salvation because in film everything has a meaning. Life is chaotic but in cinema you can stop time. François used to say, "Those who love life, love cinema." That's for sure.
  • [on Gérard Depardieu] I love him because he has an incredible feminine side, finesse and intelligence - he's not a great crashing macho, even if he is arrogant.
  • When I read the synopsis of La femme d'à côté (1981) I was completely stunned by the idea that you could die of love. The only thing I've ever believed in, at the risk of seeming sentimental, is love. If I'm at a boring dinner I always ask the man next to me, whether he's an ambassador or the President of the Republic: "Do you love your wife?" It's the only interesting subject.
  • The reason I never married is because my mother and father really loved each other, so we were a perfect family. Little House on the Prairie (1974) was bullshit compared to us. I think I was afraid of not measuring up to that. For me, a successful marriage is something to be revered. Real closeness between a man and a woman, a real family where you can argue and laugh, that's like Notre dame or Westminster Abbey - a 'chef d'oeuvre'. It's hard to achieve.