Greta Gerwig photographed by David Needleman for Scene magazine
That’s an actor’s dream: To have a diverse career that asks me to go into scary new places within myself. I do well when I step into things I know nothing about.
The Birds Didn’t Die Over The Winter - Paz de la Huerta by Alexandra Carr
"The two of us would talk a lot—I would propose a lot of different solutions, scenes, characters—but I never wrote a line. When the moment came to write the film, I gave Jonathan the pen and told him, ‘You write,’ since the film was going to be in English. And it was quite interesting because he had never written anything. I was there next to him, but he was very anxious to write himself." But while others might look at Birth as a romantic triangle between Kidman, the boy, and her fiancé (Danny Huston), Carrière sees the narrative differently. “It’s a love story between the woman, the boy and time,” he says. “She knows very well that nobody has ever loved her the way the boy loves her. But on the other hand, he’s 10 and she’s 35. Time is a very tough barrier between the two of them—it’s a real character in the film. I worked with time in Birth almost as if it were an actor in the film.”
Jean-Claude Carrière, FilmCraft: Screenwriting
Alternative Candidate Rating: 4/5