The film “Julie (in 12 chapters)” was one of the outstanding films of the year 2021. And its actress, a revelation! Find out which characters inspired her to play the young Julie.
On the Croisette, in 2021, Renate Reinsve stands out as one of the most beautiful discoveries of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. For the movie Julie (in 12 chapters) by Joachim Trier, she was awarded the Prize for Best Actress. His interpretation of this woman disoriented by life, by love and its instability, pleases. Everyone falls in love with it.
Divided into 12 chapters, the feature film speaks of the development of a young woman. His happiness never lasts long in his daily instability. Lost in her choices, she wants to feel alive. Between her flirtations and her relationship with Aksel, she loses herself in her loneliness, before experiencing exciting moments, for a portrait of a modern thirtysomething woman.
Before shooting in the film, Renate Reinsve obtained a few roles in Norwegian cinema, but no first role in a feature film. Nothing of note, except for an appearance in one of Joachim Trier’s films named Oslo, August 31. It was on this occasion that she met the director. Already, during filming, he spots the actress and intends to work with her again. Thus is born Julie (in 12 chapters). While she was thinking of taking a break from her career, she finally agreed to embark on this project.
The inspirations of Renate Reinsve
In order to best prepare for this new character, she multiplies the readings of the scenario. Nervous before starting filming, she concedes to First in an interview :
I was really scared and felt very stressed! And for 3 or 4 months, I reread the script every day to be sure I understood everything about the plot and the character. It was very important for me to be up to it, because it was a great honor to have the chance to do this role!
To embody Julie, she decides to remain herself. The actress finds that her character resembles her, and feels “so close to her”. The main inspirations come from Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977) for its luminous side. And during an interview for Teleramashe points out that she was inspired by a more recent figure in cinema : Timothée Chalamet and his character in Call Me By Your Name.
My inspiration for this role was the character of Timothée Chalamet in “Call Me By Your Name”. He’s both flawed, charming, and he’s added a certain light to his character. I wanted this for Julie so I watched the film a lot for inspiration.