French Film-maker Inspired by Marilyn

Gérald Hustache-Mathieu, director of Nobody Else But You, spoke to Encore magazine about how Marilyn’s image influenced the movie.

“Where did the idea to take inspiration from Marilyn Monroe come from?
It really wasn’t the intention from the start. The idea was to make a thriller in Mouthe, and to tell the story of an improbable encounter: a detective and a victim, who was already dead.

A surface that you project onto can also metaphorically act as a mirror. What did her image reflect back?
Marilyn epitomises the American Dream, in fact she is the dream. The dream to one day become “somebody”. Yet, she also epitomises the flipside: both the tragedy and the inability to be happy. She was the most famous actress in the world but also “the saddest woman in the world” according to Arthur Miller. She had fame, beauty and men at her feet, but her self-esteem was non-existent. She embodies the subject I wanted to address in my film more than any other person.”


Poupoupidou (Nobody Else But You) is a new French movie from writer-director Gerald Hustache-Mathieu. Not only is its title inspired by a line from Marilyn’s ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ from Some Like It Hot, but the film is about a novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) investigating the mysterious death of a small-town celebrity (Sophie Quinton) who believed she was the reincarnation of Monroe.  The story is narrated by the dead woman and includes flashbacks to her past.

The Hollywood Reporter comments, ‘As a Monroe wannabe, Quinton is seductive and enigmatic, though a far cry from the original. But who wouldn’t be?’ Meanwhile, Kitty Packard Pictorial adds, ‘I hope that Mathieu’s film is the invigorating blend of classic Hollywood storytelling and edgy film making that it very much seems it could be.’

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Reviewed at Screen Daily