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Sandrine Kiberlain: "For a long time, I did not know that I had a body"

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Your fusion is- it not also related to the circumstances of your pregnancy, during which you lost your father, and your delivery?

S. K.: Without doubt. If my delivery had not been provoked, neither my daughter nor I would be here today. I had two clots in the brain for a month - probably because it was too much for my head to be pregnant while my dad was dying ... I had to go through the whole blur, and, the next day, I fell into a coma. For two days. I think for a long time I needed to be with my daughter all the time, as if to try to make up for lost time.

What happened during and after this coma?

S. K.: I was absent from everything. It's a kind of deep sleep that you finally wake up without knowing you've been away. Until people tell you, when you wake up: "It lasted two days, we thought you were going to die!" So there, you feel ...... death?

S. K.: No. Life! And how much to enjoy. Not only was I alive, but I had a child: it was like starting at two thousand kilometers an hour. You asked me earlier what had changed: this experience is one of them.

Six months later, you shot Claude Miller's film, "Betty Fisher and Other Stories," the story of a mother who lost her child!

S. K.: Yes, the movie was long overdue; it's always like that in my life, there are crazy links between movies and reality. Another example, Seventh Heaven [1997]: When I received the screenplay, I wondered if BenoƮt Jacquot had entered my brain to write a character like this!

That of the frigid kleptomaniac?

S. K.: Yes, except that I was neither kleptomaniac nor frigid! But it was a character not at all on earth, in the blur, dizzying. All I was at that moment of my life. And here, in recent years, where I feel lighter, I am offered lighter, positive films ...

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