The title to this story is misleading, as cinematic nightmares can be a very good thing if you’re discussing the works of director Can Evrenol. His 2015 feature Baskin still is a horror-thriller that is referenced with affection and praise on CinemAddicts, and I was more than happy to interview Clémentine Poidatz, the star of his latest film Housewife. My first question to Poidatz was, of course, if she has seen Baskin.
“First of all, I knew nothing about Can’s movies. Nothing it all. For many reasons, I don’t know – because I’m French so we’re more into auteur films,” said Poidatz whose credits include National Geographic’s Mars and Shut In. “I don’t know why. It’s really stupid. I felt I would be too scared to watch it. Anyway, sometimes you have preconceived ideas about what you love and what you don’t love. You’re just too lazy to open a DVD and watch a movie. So when I watched Baskin, I was traumatized (laughs)! The ending was traumatizing. I loved it so much. I really loved that this very simple story that turns into a nightmare.”
Poidatz turned that trauma into a gratifying creative challenge, and in the audio below she talks about jumping out of her comfort zone to do Housewife:
Housewife centers on Holly (Poidatz), a woman who is understandably scarred by a childhood trauma and is also bored with her married life. Her life takes an eye-opening and possibly destructive turn after meeting a cult leader (David Sakurai). The picture, which is also co-penned by Evrenol (with Cem Ozüdüru), hits DVD, Digital, and DVD today!