“Since I spoke to the Césars, there has been silence”: Judith Godrèche looks back on her speaking out and its consequences

Judith Godrèche is present at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival to present her short film “Me Too”. Guest of a Women in Motion conference, organized by Kering, the filmmaker and actress looks back on her speech and talks about the future.


Guest of a Women in Motion conference, organized by Kering, this morning, Judith Godrèche, face of the new #MeToo act in France, spoke about her speaking out and its consequences on her career.

At the question “Is the desire to become an actress still alive and strong in you today?“, Judith Godrèche replies: “CIt’s a complicated question. It comes in waves. Last night, I was doing a television show, there was William Dafoe and I found him so intelligent, demanding. There was something very nice about it that made me say to myself: ‘Actually, there are some good guys.’. “

And added: “Maybe I’ll become an actress again. Finally, become an actress again, you know? Revealing slip of the tongue… Look, yes. Then, I must admit to you that since I spoke to the Caesar, there has been the most silence…”

Through your words, you subscribe to an activist place

Besides, it’s a bit of France’s problem. We have labels, we put people in boxes. In a certain way, through your words, you subscribe to an activist place. That’s it, you’re an activist. There’s also this thing where deep down, we can’t accept that a woman is the whole world. Like men.”

To the question, posed in public, “Do you think this will affect your future career?“, Judith Godrèche continues: “Yes, I think it will definitely weigh. Anyway, I can already see how much it weighs. It’s particular. You know, I live things a bit day by day. They happened almost as if I was sleepwalking.”

Yes, I think it will affect the future

“It’s not that I didn’t make any decisions, it’s that life took over. I lived a large part of my life being pretty, basically, focused on myself. I have not been someone who is particularly focused on others or, for example, having defended causes. I am still of a certain age too, so it must be said that it also takes time to become “someone.” one better”. But yes, I think it will weigh on the future.”

At the same time, I find it difficult to ask myself all these questions because I have the feeling that today is so complicated. I say to myself ‘OK’ today, and then tomorrow, we’ll see. But it’s true that at some point, I’m going to have to start earning a living, working again. But otherwise, I don’t know… I would sell ice cream!“(laughs)

More broadly, as for her speaking out, Judith Godrèche indicates: “Yes, I feel like I’m being heard a little better. It’s complicated because when we’re in action, it’s hard to realize. There is a kind of energy like that. It is not the energy of despair, but in any case, it is an energy that comes from very far away, an energy almost from childhood. I feel like I have the energy of a child who needs a form of justice, or at least a form of reparation. It’s a kind of race forward, and at the same time responsibility.”

I sometimes have moments of absolute despair where I feel like there’s no point.

But do I feel like I’m being heard? At times, yes. And I have moments of absolute despair where I feel like there’s no point. It’s very complicated basically. We talk, we talk. We are heard, but suddenly we represent something else. And in particular, for example, victims who publicly denounce sexual violence are also expected to be perfect victims or perfect people, that is to say infallible.

It’s very complicated because there’s suddenly a kind of look. Obviously, if you denounce something, or you try to change something in society, those who don’t want it to change are waiting for you with Kalashnikovs. And they’re like, ‘When is she going to make a mistake so we can all jump on her?’

For the record, Just a few months after speaking out about the violence of which she was a victim, Judith Godrèche presented in Cannes, “Me Too”, a short film which honors those who emerge from the silence. A title that echoes the slogan and symbol of sexual violence against women.

It all started in September 2023 with a series, Icon of French Cinema. The Frenchwoman recounts her journey, but also the influence she was subjected to by a director, Benoît Jacquot. She was 14, he was 39.

What followed was just a series of moments of bravery where, on the radio or at the César Awards, Judith Godrèche never stopped speaking to reach out to those who share her scars. Fifteen days after an appeal on social networks – an email address was made available to collect comments – the filmmaker received 5,000 testimonies. Women, but also men.

Judith Godrèche applauded following the screening of her short film “Me Too”:

A thousand people joined her to shoot this short film lasting approximately 15 minutes. Judith Godrèche depicts her own daughter, Tessa Bathélémy, strolling all dressed in white in the middle of a crowd of women in a Parisian street.


Judith Godrèche on the steps of Cannes

Shot in one day, the film is a succession of gestures and looks, staged like a dance, to illustrate speech as an action that can only exist through the collective. Get out of loneliness to be stronger.

At the end of the short film, Judith Godrèche explains, in voice-over, her project and recalls some edifying figures.

  • Every year, 160,000 children are victims of sexual violence in France.
  • 1 in 5 women is a victim of sexual violence.
  • 1 in 14 men is a victim of sexual violence.
  • 81% people are victims of sexual violence before the age of 18.

To report sexual violence, the number 3919 has been made available. It is accessible 24/7.

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival runs until May 25, 2024.

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