“He insisted so much”, Arielle Dombasle makes a big revelation about Thierry Lhermitte and “An Indian in the city”, 30 years later

“He insisted so much”, Arielle Dombasle makes a big revelation about Thierry Lhermitte and “An Indian in the city”, 30 years later
“He insisted so much”, Arielle Dombasle makes a big revelation about Thierry Lhermitte and “An Indian in the city”, 30 years later

“A circle is a square, a square is a circle”, “My name is Charlotte, but you can call me mug dcoffee or garden chair, it’s your choice”, “all my chakras are closing one behind the other”, “flute and reflute”. It’s a mix of Arielle Dombasle’s best lines in “An Indian in the city”.

The film, released in 1994, had almost 8 million admissions at the box office. And this June 25, 2024, Arielle Dombasle admits that she almost did not participate. In an interview given to TV Mag, Bernard-Henri Lévy’s wife assures: “ It was Thierry Lhermitte who insisted so much. Because I said to myself ‘yes, but comedies’.

Arielle Dombasle didn’t want to do it

And to add that she thought she didn’t have the style for this adventure. Arielle Dombasle unfolds her CV and recalls: “I was perhaps in a period where I was making a lot of art house films, I was working with John Malkovitch, with Raoul Ruiz, with (Eric) Rohmer, with (Werner) Schroeter, very cutting-edge filmmakers . And so I said to myself, ‘but hey, a comedy’.”

Fortunately, the star of Splendid, who participated in the script of the film, was able to convince her. Today, Arielle Dombasle is even grateful to him. Indeed, she confides: “ It gave me a taste for comedy« .

The French love him for that

And to explain that she is delighted that “a thousand generations combined » come and talk to him ” often » on the street of this film « who was so charming.” In addition to launching her into a new professional path, “An Indian in the city” conveyed an important message, assures Arielle Dombasle.

In fact, it summarizes: “It was a bit of the idea that we all adapt to the environment, to the situation which is always new for all of us. And this little Indian, who comes from very far away, and who arrives almost naked with his arrows… And who tries to conquer Paris, who climbs the Eiffel Tower, like that because it amuses him, who eats the fish from ‘aquarium. Okay, it’s so cute« .

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