The Heroine’s Journey of Hélène Robert

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I exercise several activities mixing cinema and writing.

As cinema critic and movie translator, above all I love discovering and defending interesting films. When I write a critic, it’s a pleasant victory as soon as my point of view about a film and the words I use match with each other. Concerning translation tasks, I prefer to learn new words and improve my linguistic level.

To conclude, I help people with their writing projects (novels and audiovisual projects) and last year, I had the opportunity to write an order biography. For this kind of assignments, I like to adapt my skills to others expectations.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Sometimes we are convinced to know what would make us the happiest. But when we reach what we want, it’s finally not so perfect anymore. That’s why I try to be wise and to be satisfied with what I have. But for the moment, I don’t achieve that yet, so it remains an ideal dream.

What is my greatest fear?

My greatest fear is to die with the feeling of having not improving myself. I don’t want to be the same person at my death as today, but it implies some big efforts, determination and renunciations. Not finding the excellent balance between those qualities scare me.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

My lack of self-confidence.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

I easily admire the sophisticated critic thought and style writing of some critics working for quality press (for example, Stéphane Delorme in Les Cahiers du Cinéma). They can write very long and deep critics without always to be paid, that’s what I call the greatness.

I admire the people devoted to their art and their beliefs, who can work a lot and be stronger than their fears. For example, I admire the polyvalence of the director Xavier Dolan also screenwriter, editor, costumer, translator, actor… For him, that supposes a certain talent. Above of all I admire Angelina Jolie because she uses her Hollywood power to improve the world (she directs and promotes committed films, works with the ONU on social issues).

What is my greatest extravagance?

I’m living right now my greatest extravagance since I don’t choose any definitive or defined professional path. For me it’s disturbing.

On what occasion would I lie?

I could lie to someone for not being unpleasant or hurtful or even unfair, sometimes for not being in a complicated situation. But the sincerity is one of my most important values so it’s important to me to be the most honest even when I don’t tell exactly my feelings.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I dislike the relative precarity of my activities and of not always being respected.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

Last year, when I wrote an order biography, I made an investigation work (with interviews of people) and it was great because I was perceived as trustful as « useful ». I truly believe in the power of art and culture, that’s why I’m working in this field. But I begin to think it’s still more significant and fulfilling to help when we can do it.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

If I could, I would always move forward without doubting or suffering.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

My ambitions are high and mysteriously not totally defined so I couldn‘t talk about a specific achievement. I’m proud of myself when my work responds to its structural requirements.

Where would I most like to live?

For living in somewhere, I have to be in confidence and with people I love. It could be at many different places.

What is my most treasured possession?

Of course my heart.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I’m a dreamer (in a pensive way).

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I love nature and impressive architecture (castles, palaces, churches), so I would say the Luxembourg gardens in Paris.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I’m very bad in remembering the name of restaurants or bars. I guess I have no preference.

What books influenced my life and how?

Les Misérables, written by Victor Hugo, is the first – and almost the only one – very long and difficult novel that I read. I was may be 11 and it shown me the possibility of the long reading, the talent, the work, the ambition.

There is a prestige in literature I can now forget, and so I try to remember this genius really existed, that we could make a great work again, that it is still possible.

Recently I read a book written by Anita Moorjani about her near death experience, when she’s gonna die because of a cancer. This experience has deeply changed her and permitted to heal whereas it was scientifically incurable. It’s an inspiriting reading for believing in what the call miracles. I guess it brings me a better faith in the good things.

Who are my favorite writers?

I like the diversity so I don’t have any writer whose I would have read all the books. But I would say Victor Hugo, Marguerite Duras and Milan Kundera. As living writer, I like the entertaining thought and style of Yann Moix.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

I’m very bad for this kind of questions too ! Because I hope to live the death with ease and solemnity, I would choose Storm from the classical music compositor Vivaldi. But if I have some anxiety, may be On ira tous au paradis from Michel Polnareff !

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

It’s Buffy, the vampire’s slayer. She seems to be a young normal adult but she has a huge strength and the responsibility of saving lives (and often the world). As a young normal girl too (on the surface too ), I often identify with her since I was a child.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My heroes and heroines I know personally are my family and my friends. I admire the quiet strength and the kindness of my family. I admire the openness of mind and the extravagance of the life of my friends.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn. Because it’s a freedom and tolerance advocacy.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art helps me to live. It’s a food for my mind and my soul.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My brother.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

Any great artist, producer or person who could share with me his passion and convince me to follow or help him.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?

In cinema I would love to meet Angelina Jolie, Jan Kounen or Terence Malick (for their polyvalence in writing, producing, their interest subjects…), or Jean-Paul Carrière (for his knowledge and talent).

I would love to collaborate with great specialists of the healthy like Christophe André but I don’t know exactly how.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

I hope to improve myself as critic and movie translator.

I hope to work on ambitious and helpful projects, mixing social value and artistic point of view (development, production, post-production or literature creation).

I’m thinking about producing some films and writing new projects.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

You can read some of my cinema critics and articles here (available too at allocine.fr) :

http://www.bande-a-part.fr/redacteur/helene-robert/

Recently I translated a lot of American audiovisual projects, which deal with healthy and inner peace. Don’t hesitate to have a look on the bonus of the film Hotel Salvation, the series Yogasutra, Feng Shui, The First Step, Heal

You can order the book I just co-wrote with Gaspard De Monclin:

It’s a biography about a man who was suffering from a violent bipolarity and has created an ambitious free association of personal development called United Spirit. The benefits of the selling will help to create a new kind of school based on individual goals, with social values and innovative topics in the teaching (collective vegetable garden, class of therapeutic writing, etc)

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

The passion brings the desire, and the desire is the gasoil of the life. So the passion can’t retire before our death, even if the difficulties of our daily life can make believe that.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Zorka Klapan !

How can you contact me?

Email-me at helene_robertpro@yahoo.fr

Hope to have new projects and excitements!

I’m looking forward to collaborate with you!

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