DECRYPTION – The Franco-German channel dedicates the evening to the twice Oscar-nominated actress with the film The House of the Spirits followed by an unpublished documentary.
Signed Lukas Hoffmann, the documentary Winona Ryder – an inhabited actress , in Art, spares no effort. From the first minutes, the film tackles the thorny question of the sudden end of the career of this formidable actress, in 2001, the day she was caught shoplifting in a Beverly Hills store, supporting video surveillance. we see leave Winona Ryder without paying more than $5,000 for luxury clothing and accessories. In her bag, police found opiates for which she did not have the required prescriptions (she would have become dependent on these painkillers following an injury on the set ofalien 4 ). She does not appear to be in her normal state at the time of the events. She will be fined $10,000, three years probation and 480 hours of community service to charities in Los Angeles. The actress becomes “suspicious”, bizarre, perhaps crazy in the eyes of some. Hollywood turns its back on him with contempt.
Mental health and broken career
Unequal, elliptical narration… unfortunately the documentary does not give all the keys to understanding Winona Ryder. Nobody really knows what happened that day. One thing is certain, he destroyed her career. Her anxiety probably grew with her notoriety. Winona explained years later that whenever she discussed her mental health with those around her, she felt misunderstood and even blamed.
Winona Ryder was one of America’s ‘little brides’, one of the few actresses, such jodie foster Where natalie wood, which we literally saw growing up in the movies. Talented, bold, sexy and smart, she too is critically acclaimed. Raised in a hippie community, Winona saw classics screened in a barn thanks to her mother. The latter conveyed her love for the cinema. At age 12, she was sent to the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco to take her first acting lessons. She wants to play, she is her life, she knows it. She turns in 1986, she is not even 15 years old, Lukeher debut film and finds her stage name for the occasion: she will no longer be Winona Horowitz but Ryder.
Seeking rest in a psychiatric hospital
His career took a decisive turn when Tim Burton choose her for beetle juice (1998) (he will perform it again later in 1990 in Edward Scissorhands (pictured) with her fiancé Johnny Depp). Thanks to the success of this fantastic comedy starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin, became famous overnight. In high school we put her aside, we call her a witch because she is goth. Winona begins to suffer from bouts of insomnia and anxiety. She takes refuge in work. It is she who presents the script of dracula Francis Ford Coppola. The documentary also reveals personal videos shot during the film’s prep days, in Napa Valley, at Coppola’s. After this movie, he tries to rest in a psychiatric hospital and treat his insomnia but he doesn’t stay there and turns around. The House of Spirits by Billie August, which Arte broadcasts this afternoon in the first part of the evening, and whose filming was very hard for her. Winona Ryder then moves on to iconic movies like generation 90, The four daughters of Dr. March, Alien, the resurrection…
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Self sabotage and then return
But things got more complicated in the late 1990s. It became a stolen life (1999) which is inspired by the true story of a young woman hospitalized in the 1960s after a suicide attempt. Winona is perfect at it but is overshadowed by Angelina Jolie which delivers a violent and flashy performance. And then, in 2001, it’s the robbery episode. A self-sabotage? A failed act as if to say “havingand finally take a breath? Undoubtedly.
In 2010 he returned to Black Swan by Darren Aronofsky but in a small role. is really with Strange things , one of the most watched series in the world, which managed to make its real return in 2016 on Netflix. He was resurrected in the eyes of Hollywood in a fiction in the form of a nostalgic love letter to the pop culture of which he is a part. Full circle. Season 4 is expected on May 27.