Christine Angot, her ex-husband was a direct witness of her incest: an atrocious situation revealed


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In 1999 with the publication of Incest, Christine Angot expressed in words what she suffered between the ages of 13 and 16 at the hands of her father. Thirty-five years later, she released a documentary, “A Family,” about her trauma. “L’Obs” indicates that in this painful work we learn that her ex-husband witnessed what happened.

Christine Angot, her ex-husband was a direct witness of her incest: an atrocious situation revealed

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Incest, this scourge that several artists have decided to highlight, burned in their flesh. Emmanuelle Béart did it, Lio has just made revelations and Christine Angot is releasing a film on this intimate and violent subject. She got behind the camera to make a particularly grueling documentary: A family. The work returns to the trauma that marked his entire life, the incest that he suffered at the hands of his father. A particularly striking scene takes place before the eyes of the public: his meeting with his father’s wife, who refuses to argue with the 65-year-old artist. But there is another moment that will haunt her: a conversation between the author and Claude Chastagner, her ex-husband and father of her daughter Léonore, during which we learn that he was a first-hand witness to what she suffered.

Inside the obs edition of March 14, 2024, this scene is revealed: “You must listen to the magnificent and moving conversation between Christine Angot and Claude, her ex-husband, who was a direct witness of the incest. The young couple lived in Nice, each on a floor of a house, he downstairs and she upstairs. Christine Angot’s father visited her. The husband heard the bed creak above his head. He did nothing. Years later, the former spouses calmly discuss it, trying to understand what happened at that moment.

A surprising, even overwhelming conversation, as described. The Obs. Doc Gynéco’s ex-partner was left plunged into loneliness by what she had experienced. To this day, these words, those of her daughter Léonore. “I’m sorry, Mom, that this happened to you.” A phrase that the novelist would have liked to hear so long ago.

Léonore Chastagner, daughter of Christine Angot and sculptor

A girl to whom he dedicated a book 20 years ago, Leonora, alwayst that looks so much like him. In the film A family, we can observe their relationship, between Christine Angot’s motherhood, her parentage and the beautiful complicity that reigns between the woman of letters and the sculptor. “This is inhabited by the same demand for truth. His power of consolation over his mother is enormous.“, written Maria Clara.

A familyin theaters March 20.

The rest after the announcement.

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