A mother-daughter love story that has lasted 51 years. On July 21, 1971, Charlotte Gainsbourg was born in Paris where she was raised by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. While he forms a happy family for the magazines, the daily life would be far from peaceful for their child, witness to them through their violent arguments.
“With my mother, they put themselves in a lot of trouble, I have fond memories of it, and she was not left out”, remembers Charlotte Gainsbourg in February 2021 with Télérama. After their separation in 1980, relations between Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg were “far from being appeased” or even “rather full-bodied”. In particular because of the addictions and excesses of her father according to the actress. “When he came to see us at her place, the plates were flying,” she assured our colleagues.
However, Charlotte Gainsbourg shone in the spotlight by their side. In music with her father on the sulphurous tube Lemon Incest in 1984, the young woman was encouraged by her mother to pursue a career in the cinema where she was revealed in Words and Music before breaking into L’Effrontée. Years later, it is also on the big screen that the actress wanted to pay tribute to her mother.
In 2021, the companion of Yvan Attal goes behind the camera and makes the documentary film Jane by Charlotte. A family work, presented at the Cannes Film Festival, in which the star followed her mother in her intimacy for four years. The opportunity also to put her forward in the spotlight “She has often faded behind my father”, she confides in the pages of La Voix du Nord, “but she has a personality and a woman’s life that I find unique”.
A unique film about their mother-daughter relationship that Charlotte Gainsbourg wanted to be personal and intimate, not to mention the men in their lives. “It made sense to talk about women. Not putting my father at the center of everything. Not talking about Yvan either,” she admitted to our colleagues. From the first months of his life to today, here are their most beautiful photos in our slideshow.