Jean-Jacques Beineix, director of “37°2 in the morning”, died at 75

French director Jean-Jacques Beineix, author of the cult film “37°2 in the morning”, died Thursday at his Parisian home at the age of 75 following a long illness, his brother Jean-Claude announced on Friday. .

A poetic and aesthetic director, sometimes to excess for his detractors who mocked a style of “advertising clip”, Jean-Jacques Beineix was rewarded in 1982 with the César for best first work for “Diva” with Richard Bohringer (1980).

But he had above all made himself known to the general public with “37°2 in the morning” in 1986: adapted from a novel by Philippe Djian, this story of love and madness brought together Jean-Hugues Anglade and Béatrice Dalle.

Nominated nine times for the Césars, “37°2 in the morning” was also nominated for the Oscar for best foreign film and revealed Béatrice Dalle, who played the character of Betty. The film was a major success in theaters and during its multiple television broadcasts.

>> The trailer for “37°2 in the morning”:

Several failures thereafter

After “37°2 in the morning” several films will follow, all failures, including “Roselyne and the lions” or “The Moon in the gutter”. In 2001, after nine years of absence, he returned with “Mortel Transfert”, still with Jean-Hugues Anglade, which turned out to be a complete critical and commercial failure. He declared, moreover, that this film, his last, heavily indebted him.

“I have always had a kind of doubt about success. (…) I always wondered what was going to fall on me”, admitted this passionate about cinema, theater, literature, comics, who feared also success: “There is a danger in success, I always thought that”.

A play and a novel

Also author of several documentaries, but also producer and screenwriter, Jean-Jacques Beneix had also been assistant director on films by Claude Zidi such as “The wing or the thigh” and “The shallot couse”.

Jean-Jacques Beineix also made a remarkable foray into the theater, with his play on Kiki de Montparnasse, muse of the greatest painters of his time, and plunged into literature with a novel, “Toboggan”, “on the fall of a character who has lost faith in humanity”.

Autobiography in disguise? He said he was put aside, at the cinema. “The novel is the only place of freedom I have left,” he confided.

>> Read also: “Diva” by Jean-Jacques Beineix, the forty years of a cult film

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