New to fame, and not yet well enough known, Lætitia Dosch has peaked our interest. Her biographies are short and sweet and the details of her life remain much a mystery. Despite the lack of information, there is clearly no lack in interest in this up and coming actress.
In July 2017, during Champs-Elysées Film Festival, Dosch screened in her recent and most celebrated movie yet: “Jeune Femme” (aka “Montparnasse Bienvenue”). The film received a Caméra d’Or award in the section of “Un Certain Regard” at the Cannes film festival 2017. The woman Dosch portrays in the film gives the impression of being not only young, but also extremely fragile. Dosch’s character is a young women coming from an unstable background whose life is complicated by all the daily problems that she faces. Being young and inexperienced in ‘adult life’, her character has trouble picking herself up and facing the world.
However, unlike her character Paula in JEUNE FEMME, in real life Dosch is clearly not on the never ending search of purpose; she found her passion at the young age of 17 when she entered the world of theater. The future-film-star then enrolled in the free course, Cours Florent at the school of Périmony before departing France for Switzerland to continue her studies at “La Manufacture – Haute école des Arts de la Scène”. In Switzerland, she explored the art of a stand-up comedy with her piece “Lætitia fait péter… (titre évolutif)”. In this comical piece she explored the wounds from which humor can be derived: alcoholism, depression, suffering. The title in itself gives insight into her humour and also her determination to achieve. “Lætitia fait péter” is an obvious pun that she is in the process of exploding but the second part, … (titre évolutif) makes clear that she isn’t finished yet, she is only beginning.
After the screening of the film at the Champs-Elysées film festival Dosch responded to questions from the audience. In these responses she vigorously defended her character, Paula, against the accusations that she is narcissistic and self-absorbed. The Q&A left the impression that Dosch identifies with the character very strongly, and that she can directly relate to the life that her character lived and the challenges that she faced. Once asked in an interview with Grazia magazine if she could identify herself with Paula, her response, much like many up-and-coming actresses, was that she knew how it felt to be abandoned and she knew what it is like to be financially broke. Lætitia Dosch doesn’t have the same fragility as her character Paula, but she does have the insights, and talent to bring the character to life.
We’re looking forward to more of Dosch’s work and learning more about her past, present and future.