The actress Juliette Binoche has to confront the “age old” question. And it is whether her age is suitable for the roles of youthful artists.
Men have a long shelf life as actors. Whether it is Arnold, Stallone or Ford, they all bring in sequels to their previous attempts and thus get away with it. Take “The Expendables 3”.
It was a classic case of a comeback that was a smashing success. These heroes on the screen can continue their action sequences well into their old age. But when it comes to women, this is not the case.
They cannot retain the youthful looks or same levels of energy once they become slightly older. Besides, there is the problem of hormonal necessity that they confront. And then the question of vanity comes in too.
No old woman would want to act in a youthful manner since it would make her look like mutton dressed as lamb. This is the exact opinion of Juliette Binoche who starred in Chocolat and The English Patient.
Binoche is reported to have said that for 40 years she played the role of a 20 year old and now that was not possible. Binoche’s older film portrayed her as Maria Enders.
"Imagine if for 40 years you played the part of 20-year-old, you'd get very bored," Binoche said. "Of course you can't play the same parts all the time."
Enders plays a younger lady who brings ruin on an older woman after seducing her. Now, 20 years later, she is to switch roles and play the older lady and Chloe Moretz is to play the young seducer. It is quite a role reversal alright.
"Obviously to work with Olivier, not on any project but specifically a French project with Juliette, would be so special," she said. "I think there's something so much more innovative about French cinema than American because it's alive and there's something that is very raw about it that we can't capture in America yet."
Binoche has spoken of her role by saying that with age you gain greater depth and maturity of experience. It is a transformation from within that shapes you into something that you were not before you entered the process. And the change is such that each and every person faces it on an individual level in life. That is because a person changes with time.
"I think the more experience you have, the more you focus on the really important questions, you open up, you mature, you become more skilled, more honed," Binoche said. "Think about (Canadian pianist) Glenn Gould, when he played Bach at the beginning and at the end of his career he didn't play Bach the same way.
"In other words, something happens inside yourself, within yourself. You're more aware of certain things because life shapes you. Fortunately we do change, we evolve."