Thémis and Isabelle? Just because I got a little stroppy at Thémis being described as a “relative newcomer” in her second big-screen rôle as Isabelle’s character’s granddaughter in the Laura Schroeder film “Barrage“ – shown at last month’s Berlin Film Festival. I really think her long career as a model should be mentioned in a reference to her screen existence – it is surely relevant.
Here she is with Isabelle:
….and the movie poster, the image indicating the intense relationship Thémis’ character has with her mother – played by Isabelle’s real life daughter, Lolita Chammah:
…..this meaty part for Thémis comes hard on the heels of Kaegan Baron‘s much briefer cameo in last year’s Wolf Mother: and it’s great to see that the interpretive skills, rôle-playing and relationship with the camera that makes them superb models, are transferable to the big screen. It’s clearly a European-type art-film where the story, the relationships and the acting are central – so no JJ Abrams‘ lens-flares – and the reviews are pretty mixed: the director is inexperienced, and Thémis even more so. However, there were some positive reviews – if only from the organisers of the festival:
“The gentleness of Laura Schroeder’s storytelling is shot through with serious undertones, supported by a carefully chosen soundtrack and most of all her superb actors.” (www.berlinale.de)
One sweet aspect of the film was that Thémis was able to appear on screen briefly with her BFF – fellow Belgian Elsa Houben (in a cameo as a friend who drops by) – this is from Elsa’s Facebook feed:
There is one element apart from modelling and acting that links all three – Thémis, Elsa and Kaegan – in that they’ve all been snapped by Spokane-based film photographer Ryan Mills.
….both together (including the featured image above the title):
…..and finally Kaegan:
In the meantime, here are some video performances by the “relative newcomer” – but first the best of the lot, Elsa showing her acting creds in a music video for the group Alice on the Roof, the song being Monopoly Loser (well worth watching):