Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the French Film Festival, cinemas in Sydney were playing a whole range of French movies this month. I took this opportunity to watch Mademoiselle C., a fashion documentary about Carine Roitfeld, ex editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris... Quite a disappointment
The screening starts with a never-ending series of commercials promoting French classes, French travel agencies, French charities and other French stuff.
And there she is, the graceful Carine Roitfeld.
The documentary barely mentions her career at Vogue. Actually, her resignation from French Vogue in 2010 was quite unexpected and it had spread all kinds of rumors. It was even said that she was fired because she had been doing paid consulting work for luxury brands. She has always denied that. She claimed that, after 10 years, it was just time for her to start something new... Believe it or not.
Mademoiselle C. is a documentary about the launching of her new magazine: C.R. (like in Carine Roitfeld). It could be compared to The September Issue, the famous documentary showing the whole editing process of one of the most important issue of Vogue New-York. Except for a few details...
Budget issues, disagreements, rushes, last-minute changes, improvised photoshoots... While watching The September Issue you can feel Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington's pressure and you get a better idea of what their job is. While Mademoiselle C. also provides a few scenes of the same kind, most of the time the movie is just praising her talent and promoting her new project. Karl Lagarfeld, Donatella Versace, Tom Ford,... The fashion icons all agree on Carine Roitfeld's great work and personality. It is clear that she appears more human and sensitive then Wintour, but the documentary lacks a critical approach of its main character.