The Netflix catalog offers Rebecca Zlotowski’s film titled “An Easy Girl”. On the poster, we find the young Mina Farid but also Zahia Dehar. For her first real role on the big screen, she plays Sofia, a free young woman who wants to live new adventures. In order to best slip into the skin of this fiery young woman, Zahia was inspired by a great actress.
An easy girl : a director fascinated by Zahia
Rebecca Zlotowski is directing the film An easy girl in 2019. It was presented the same year at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. The filmmaker first said to herself bewitched by the charm of Zahia. The latter had, at the time, only made an appearance in the film Josephine rounds up by Marilou Berry in 2016. However, what caught his attention and his desire to have her play in his film lies in the mystery emanating from the young woman. Zahia has already existed in the public space years back. Subsequently she was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, made the cover of many magazines and documentaries about her life were made. Rebecca Zlotowski wished show off your curveshis body, but also his voice and his very elegant phrasing which reminded him of a character by Éric Rohmer.
Thus, the young woman lends her features to Sofia, the cousin of Naïma (Mina Farid), a 16-year-old girl who lives in Cannes. The latter gives herself the summer to choose what she wants to do in life. She will be influenced by the way of life of her cousin who thrives on new experiences. Together, they will experience an unforgettable summer on the Côte d’Azur. Fascinated by yachts and luxury life, the two young women will slowly let themselves be carried away in this environment where appearances are very important.
Isabelle Adjani as a model
Some film critics compare the interpretation of Zahia in An easy girl to those of Brigitte Bardot or Claudia Cardinale. It must be said that Zahia has a diction of its own. In the film, her phrasing is the same as what we can hear when she speaks in an interview. His way of using a certain vocabulary and of systematically doing the negations can make one think of the way in which spoke the actresses in the 60s.
However, for her role, Zahia was not inspired by these two emblematic actresses. She had another performer in mind: Isabelle Adjani. More than once, this actress embodied the roles of strong, characterful women, free and independent. Characteristics that immediately inspired Zahia when she was offered the role of Sofia by Rebecca Zlotowski. She says more whenan interview with Patrick Simonin :
When I discovered the character of Sofia, I was extremely excited, because I have always been attracted to these kinds of women who are completely free and who resist the restrictions of society. I’ve always liked to see films that feature them, such as Isabelle Adjani in Killer Summer. This film is just exceptional, I love it! Just watching Isabelle Adjani’s performance is extremely liberating.
When the director asks her if this inspired her for the role, Zahia replies fervently: