My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud

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My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud
Directed by Gérard Mordillat
Produced by Denis Freyd
Written by Gérard Mordillat
Jérôme Prieur
Based on En compagnie d'Antonin Artaud (1974)
by Jacques Prevel
Starring Sami Frey
Marc Barbé
Music by Jean-Claude Petit
Cinematography François Catonné
Edited by Sophie Rouffio
Distributed by Leisure Time Features
Release date
  • February 23, 1993 (1993-02-23) (France)
Running time
90 minutes
Country  France
Language French

My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud (French: En compagnie d'Antonin Artaud) is a 1993 French film, directed by Gérard Mordillat. It is based on Jacques Prevel's 1974 novel of the same name. It follows Prevel's journal of a two-year friendship with Antonin Artaud until his death in 1948[1]


After nine years of being locked up, Antonin Artaud (Sami Frey) is released from the asylum at Rodez, and returns to Paris with his friends. One of his friends, Jacques Prevel (Marc Barbé) is a young poet, and follows Artaud in his wanders between the nursing home at Ivry and Saint Germain-des-Prés, while pursuing the same quest for poetry, drugs, and the absolute. Prevel becomes a disciple, pusher, and companion toward Artaud, whose story he relates in a chronicle that leads up to his death two years later. In post-war Paris where he lives sometimes in misery and suffering, Prevel shares his life between two women, Rolande (Valérie Jeannet) and Jany (Julie Jézéquel), while at the same time continuing his attachment to Antonin Artaud, the man who is his only friend.



Award Category Nominee Result
Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming Fiction: Actor Sami Frey Won
Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film[2] Best Actor Sami Frey Won
Best Artistic Contribution Gérard Mordillat Won


Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 6.9/10 from 6 reviews and 83% on the tomatometer.[3]

Emanuel Levy from Variety Film Reviews praised Sami Frey's performance in the film "Sami Frey gives such an astonishingly intense performance that his portrait of the genius and madness of the famed French poet/intellectual is far more insightful than that offered in the current documentary"[4]

Washington Post also praises Frey's spectacular performance, comparing him to Marlon Brando[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Holden, Stephen (1995-07-19). "My Life and Times With Antonin Artaud (1994)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film 1993". Who's Dated Who. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  3. ^ "My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud (En compagnie d'Antonin Artaud) (1994)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  4. ^ Levy, Emanuel (1994-10-09). "My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud". Variety Film Reviews. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  5. ^ Hinson, Hal (1995-10-13). "'My Life and Times With Antonin Artaud'". Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-08-07.