Catherine Deneuve: Women are ageing better

Catherine Deneuve thinks women seem “younger” these days.

The French Oscar-nominated actress’ latest film 3 Hearts is a family affair, with the 71-year-old starring alongside her daughter Chiara Mastroianni, 43.

But rather than let any motherly instinct take over, Catherine sees her child as colleague. That’s because she feels age is no longer the marker of wisdom it once was.

“I don’t see her as a mother [would], I see her as a dear friend, and I don’t give her acting advice,” she told British newspaper The Independent.

“Women seem to be younger than they were 50 years ago. Forty years ago, when you saw a woman of 50 years, she looks like a woman of a certain age. Today, much less.”

The screen star also discussed women in Hollywood, but refrained from making a definitive comment about their treatment. In her answer, she referenced her female-directed film Standing Tall (La Tête Haute), which opened the Cannes Film Festival this year.

“I hope there is a difference between men and women. You don’t think of it when you work. A man is supposed to be stronger, to be more tough, than a woman, but in the case of [Standing Tall director] Emmanuelle Bercot, it’s not that at all,” she mused.

“I cannot say that I see a difference in the number of films. The difference in Cannes this year could simply be that the films were ready at the right moment.”

Standing Tall marked the first time a female-directed film had opened the festival since Diane Kurys’ A Man in Love in 1987.

– Cover Media