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Gaspard Ulliel, a yr later, a nonetheless vivid reminiscence

On January 19, 2022, actor Gaspard Ulliel, 37, died following a collision with one other skier. Whereas his display presence hasn’t fairly pale but, we already miss him.

A yr because the powder snow performed the mower by taking away Gaspard Ulliel, aged 37, in a banal snowboarding accident… A yr since his sudden loss of life has bereaved the cinema. A disturbing expertise for the spectator, the actor with midnight blue eyes however continued to hang-out the screens after his loss of life. Not solely as a result of a few of his roles are unforgettable – youngster of the exodus with a shaved head in The Misplaced, of Téchiné, genius of the fashion and nice flayed in Saint Laurent, by Bertrand Bonello, returning melancholy and moribund in Simply the top of the world, by Xavier Dolan. It just lately appeared, like so many unusual posthumous nods, in a number of new productions, on the large and small display, between Hollywood franchise and European auteur cinema.

From March, Moon Knight, the Marvel miniseries, was coming to Disney+. In episode 3 of this journey story, we discovered Gaspard Ulliel within the pores and skin of the Midnight Man, one of many enemies of Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac), the armed arm of the god of the moon. One thing to remind us that the actor had, like Léa Seydoux, a world stature.

Within the cinema, it was on November 16, ten months nearly to the day after his loss of life, that the actor discovered himself within the credit of two movies… In Coma, filmed in December 2021, Bertrand Bonello, very near Ulliel, whom he had directed in Saint Laurent and was to return to its set within the spring of 2022 (drama of anticipation, The beast will lastly have Léa Seydoux and George MacKay in its solid), makes us hear the voice of the younger man. The movie is confined to a young person’s bed room the place dolls converse just like the characters of a sitcom. One in every of them is known as Scott and speaks like Gaspard Ulliel. “I used to be alone in a projection room, Gaspard had simply died, and after I heard his voice echoing within the room, it was like a haunting”, Bonello advised selection, expressing along with his phrases what the spectators plunged into the darkish will need to have additionally felt.

When fiction turns into archive

After which there was Greater than ever, that critics and festival-goers had already found within the Un sure regard part at Cannes in Could. This movie on untimely loss of life, mourning and the time that is still, directed by the Franco-German Emily Atef, is a attempting projection: how to not really feel like a meta (bodily) vertigo once you see Gaspard Ulliel, already lifeless in actual life? life, embody the loving companion of a girl (performed by Vicky Krieps) who’s dying of an incurable illness?

Actuality has reworked fiction right into a valuable archive: “the” final movie by Gaspard Ulliel. Between the darkness of Bordeaux and the sunshine of the Norwegian fjords, the actor deploys with out frills all of the variations of sweetness and love. It’s exactly this sweetness that we lack. This manner of inflecting his voice right into a plaintive and caressing modulation that generally reminded us of the accents of grace {that a} pre-cabotinage Depardieu may supply us in a sentence, in a glance.

Within the final years of his quick life, Gaspard Ulliel, typically derided for his easy determine of a fragrance mannequin (he was the face of Bleu de Chanel) knew tips on how to convey depth and depth to his recreation, stuffed with ambivalence and thriller. His androgynous facet – virile and slender physique on the similar time, tremendous face with mischievous, nearly infantile eyes – totally embraced the time, this post-#MeToo period the place genres mingle and overlap. And till the top, he may have proven eclecticism in his decisions, going from the panoply of the superhero to a fragile melody on the top of a life.

On Wikipedia, we study that “Gaspard Ulliel” was the fourth most searched time period on Google in France in 2022. 2023 begins, and we categorical a want: that Gaspard Ulliel is not going to be forgotten. Allow us to preserve it with us, on the facet of the dwelling and shifting photographs. The actor is lifeless, lengthy dwell his movies!

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