However, the roles she chooses seem to mirror her tumultuous personal life.
This month, she stars in Ill Sleep When Im Dead, a brutal tale
of family revenge in gangland London, directed by Mike Hodges. Clive Owen
plays Will, a former East End villain who, after a nervous breakdown, returns
to exact revenge from those who drove his brother to suicide. Rampling is
Helen, Wills ex-lover, whose sorrow at being abandoned by him is ever-present
beneath her glacial calm.
The only way Helen could go on living after Will left was just to hold onto a reality go to work, wear nice clothes. Its a routine, its going places every night, otherwise you just She breaks off, sensing the plots similarity to her own story: the infidelity of Jarre and the suicide of her own sister. Revenge wreaks revenge and its addictive. Has she ever felt a similar impulse? I think all healthy people have. The only reason I dominated was that I was the one who was suffering (when Jarre was adulterous). If someone does something to you, youre left with this rage and hate and pain. Youre forced into a reactive role. And that I couldnt bear. Im much too proud for that. I got round it by befriending him, she says.
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"A British Classic. Richly Atmospheric"
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