“I died on August 1, 2003, the day Marie died”: Jean-Louis Trintignant had a relationship with his daughter that went beyond blood ties. A love proclaimed in the face of the media and a complicity magnified on stage thanks to Apollinaire.
“My beloved little Lou / I would like to die one day that you love me (…) / I would like you to be at night to love us in the darkness.”
These verses written by the poet, then at the front of the First World War, for the one he loved, the aviator Louise de Coligny-Châtillon, Jean-Louis and Marie Trintignant read them together in the spring of 2003.
“These love poems are among the most beautiful ever written. There is death, very close, and this dazzling story which begins in exaltation and happiness and sinks, very quickly, into the abyss of despair”, declared the actress in the World.
Almost three months later, she died at the age of 41 under the blows of singer Bertrand Cantat in Vilnius (Lithuania).
A drama from which his father never recovered.
“Inside me, everything is destroyed. I was supposed to come and find her that night and I didn’t come. If I had been there, she probably wouldn’t have died. This guilt weighs on me a lot because I’m almost sure I’m right”, he said in a collection of interviews “To life, to death” published in March 2018.
In 2012, the actor confided in André Asséo in another book, “On the side of Uzès”. He had mentioned the death, baby, of his other daughter Pauline, in 1970.
“Nadine and I had rented an apartment in Rome for two months, the time of the filming of + Conformist +. One morning, I was leaving to shoot, I went to kiss Pauline in her crib. She was dead. We did not know how. I said to Nadine: + Either we commit suicide, or we agree to live for Marie +”.
– “organic” –
“I had a magnificent complicity with Marie. I don’t know if there are people who know such a rich relationship with their daughter. Marie’s death was the greatest suffering of my life. Nothing in the world would have could reach me more,” he added.
Uzès is where Jean-Louis Trintignant decided to retire in the 80s. Where, never far from him, was Marie who also owned a property in the region.
“There is something organic between us. It’s as if our blood flows came back at the same time,” she explained.
“It’s a bit unfair, this passion, but the love comes from both of us. We met at the right time. The moment when I wanted to be a father”, he declared in 2001 to the Express .
A father who starred in eight films with his daughter. A father who refused the main role of “Last Tango in Paris” for his daughter. “Marie, who was 11 or 12 at the time and read the scripts I received, didn’t want to. She was afraid that at school everyone would talk about her daddy’s penis… I wanted her to protect.”
In January 2001, on the 8 p.m. newspaper, accomplices and modest, they promoted the play “Comedy on a station platform” by Samuel Benchetrit, Marie’s former companion.
“A sentence, which was cut in the room, sums up our relationship quite well. I said at one point in secret: + Go and raise girls so that at thirty they leave you for the first guy that comes along +”.