I knew her as the lady who designed the perfume that my wife sprays. The older woman is enamoured with the gamine newcomer's unusual fashion sense. It was also exhilarating because you are so out of control. Gabrielle catches the eye of wealthy Etienne Balsan Benoit Poelvoorde , who installs her as his plaything at a rural retreat, where she befriends celebrated actress Emilienne Emmanuelle Devos. It was a major challenge. What was it like on set? I ended up recording my voice on a tape recorder reading the lines from a couple of scenes and I sent it to [director Anne Fontaine].