he did not want to be buried next to her

Jean-Louis Trintignant lost his “best friend”, Marie, the woman he loved most in the world and never recovered. Then he took his grief and guilt to his grave.

During the filming of “And God Created the Woman”, Jean-Louis Trintignant fell in love with his partner on screen. The beautiful actress is none other than Brigitte Bardot, then married to Roger Vadim, who chose her for the role. After this affair, BB and Roger divorced. But in 1957, the story between the two actors ended.

Then the rally driver, who was bound by a great love passion, married the instructor, Nadine Marquand, in 1961. She gave him three beautiful children, including Marie, Pauline and Vincent. Unfortunately, only Vincent Trintignant-Corneau was able to attend his father’s funeral, knowing that he had already lost his two sisters.

Photocall of the film ‘Amour’, Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 with the French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant on October 9, 2012 in Rome, Italy. | Photo: Getty Images


Jean-Louis and Marie Trintignant were the most accomplices in the world. One by one, the father as the daughter experienced a violent love.

In addition to the blood tape, the two actors also shared the filming and theater scenes. Moreover, they once shared a touching moment on stage by reading a few verses by the poet Apollinaire, of which here is an excerpt:

“My adored little Lou / I want to die one day when you love me (…) / I want you to be at night to love us in the dark.”

Marie Trintignant during the filming of the movie “Betty” on November 20, 1991, France. | Photo: Getty Images

A tender moment they spent together in the spring of 2003, shortly before the disappearance of the one who declared in the columns of the newspaper Le Monde:

“These love poems are among the most beautiful ever written. There is death, very near, and this dazzling story, which begins in exaltation and happiness and sinks, very quickly, into the abyss of despair.

Unfortunately, she died three months after this statement from Marie Trintignant. It was the fatal blow to the great French actor that revealed:

“I died on August 1, 2003, the day Marie died.”

Actress Marie Trintignant. | Photo: Getty Images

The father of the family never recovered from this second disappearance. Before Marie, Jean-Louis had actually already experienced the death of her second daughter, Pauline.

Marie’s little sister was only a baby when she suffered a sudden death. When he was growing up, the eldest of the legendary actor came so closer to him until he became his “best friend”.

What happened ? The father of the family has revealed the circumstances that led to the loss of the one he loved most in the world.

Marie Trintignant on the set of the movie “Premier Voyage” with her mother and director of the film, Nadine Trintignant. | Photo: Getty Images

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In the biography of the hero in the film “A Man and a Woman”, released in 1966, Laurent Del Bono talks about the relationship between Jean-Louis and Marie. The interview of Femme Actuelle in June 2022 provided the author:

“Their relationship is fusion-like, it’s almost oedipal. Father and daughter have a fascination with each other.”

Marie was inseparably the one who pressured and supported her father throughout his career. In addition, after her parents’ divorce, the actress settled in the south to live near the latter.

Strongly attached to his daughter, Jean-Louis’ life was no longer the same after his disappearance. An absence that continued to erode him several years later.

Actress Marie Trintignant. | Photo: Getty Images

Moreover, he is a battered man who confided in journalist Catherine Ceylac during an interview in 2008. When he felt guilty for not being present to protect his daughter, he declared:

“That day, if I had gone to her as planned, it would never have happened.”

That day, Marie and singer Bertrand Cantat, her companion, had a major altercation. The man who came to bump gave him the final blow.

The 41-year-old later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Jean-Louis Trintignant was sure she would leave her husband, which led to the confrontation.

Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant participates in the photo call ‘Happy End’ during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, France. | Photo: Getty Images

Visibly corroded by remorse, Cantat’s imprisonment was not enough for the man who starred with Romy Schneider in the film “The Train” in 1973. Ten years later, he actually admitted that he failed to mourn.

“I have not stood up that much, because I am getting worse and worse. For 15 years I have been getting worse and worse. ”

he confided in his time on the “19.00 Sunday” set in 2018. Out of grief, it was a great grief he ended up taking to the grave.

Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant participates in the photo call ‘Happy End’ during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, France. | Photo: Getty Images

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Born on December 11, 1930, the interpreter of “Georges” in “Amour” in 2012, joined his deceased daughters on June 17, 2022. Knowing that he had been a victim of cancer, according to his widow, Mariane Hoepfner Trintignant , would be age that prevailed.

“He died peacefully of old age this morning in his home in Gard, surrounded by his loved ones.”

she told AFP.

Actress Jean-Louis Trintignant and director Nadine Trintignant take part in the screening of ‘Un Homme et Une Femme’ for the 50th anniversary of L’Arlequin on 6 November 2016 in Paris, France. | Photo: Getty Images

Although he loved Marie so much, the father of the family did not want to be buried with his daughter, who rests in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

In fact, the father of Vincent Trintignant never liked Paris and wanted his deceased daughter to be buried in Provence. But he complied with his mother’s wishes, who wanted him close to her in Paris to gather.

“Jean-Louis Trintignant is very attached to his roots and considers himself a province of Paris (…). He returned there as soon as he could, and is buried a few kilometers from where he was born (in Piolenc), like his whole family for several generations ”.

entrusts Laurent Del Bono, about his last will and testament, in the biography of the former race car driver entitled “Jean-Louis Trintignant, A Family Story.”

Actress Jean-Louis Trintignant, his wife Nadine Trintignant and their daughter Marie. | photo: Getty Images

If the afterlife exists, even if they are not buried together, father and daughters have definitely ended up there.

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