Director Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways) also directed the last short film in the anthology Paris je t’aime, where each arrondissement (district) of the city has its own narrative. Payne’s short is for the 14th arr starring Margo Martindale. In her interview with Fresh Air she explains what she was thinking about that allowed her to give such an emotionally honest performance.
Today Payne talks about directing that moment:
You see in that clip that she has very ready access to emotion… I think we did 4 or 5 takes and she was equally good in all of them it was just a matter of making sure the camera was right and the timing with the voice-over and so forth. I clearly remember having 3 or 4 takes to deal with. The good ones could keep it going, it’s not just one take where they really hit that emotion, well, maybe, but, “Let’s try it again, the cameraman missed it.” … We all have to understand that film is technical as well as emotional.
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