In a documentary presented on Tuesday, French actor Emman uelle Béart said that she was a victim of incest as a child. She didn’t take the name of her abuser. Beart is the co-director of the documentary which was screened in Paris at a news conference. It will be broadcast on France’s M6 channel on September 24. In her career of over 50 years, she has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows.
Emmanuelle Béart who is 60 is known for her performances in ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Manon of the Spring’, ‘Hell’, ‘A Heart in Winter’, ‘A French Woman’, ‘Nelly and Mr Arnaud’, ‘8 Women’ among others. She also won a César film award for ‘Manon of the Spring’, and has been nominated for France’s highest film honour seven more times.
As per a report in The Guardian, the documentary’s co-director Anastasia Mikova told reporters in Paris that the attacker was not Emmanuelle’s father, singer Guy Béart.
Mikova said that the actress would not name her abuser because that is not “the approach of the film”. She said that the incest started when Béart was just 10 and it continued until she was 14.
Well, the documentary, titled ‘Such a Resounding Silence’, includes the stories of four incest victims; one is of Beart’s
In a video message shown at the news conference, the actress said that initially, she didn’t want to talk about herself, but after getting to know the stories of other victims, she decided to speak about her ordeal. “But their honesty and their courage made me want to speak out, too,” she said.
In the documentary, Beart’s voice was heard off-screen, and she said, “Since my father, my mother and my friends didn’t notice anything, you could do this again, and you did, over four years”. She was saved by her grandmother.