Since his worldwide success in 1990 with “Cyrano De Bergerac
” — which broke out of the foreign-language category to receive four other Oscar nominations (including one for star Gerard Depardieu
) — Jean-Paul Rappeneau
had directed only eight feature films, with 2003’s WWII drama, “Bon Voyage
,” seeming to be his swan song. But at 83, the French helmer doesn’t seem to mind presumptuous rumors of his retirement.
In fact, after the Sept. 19 premiere of his latest film, “Families,” at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, the director made no bones about it: “This film is really my comeback,” he smiled.
The gap between films, he said, can be traced to a familiar tale: the byproduct of development hell. “There was another movie I was supposed to make after ‘Bon Voyage
,’ ” he noted, “but it fell through. I couldn’t finance it, which depressed me quite a lot, and for a while I was thinking of giving up altogether.