n°112/ Jennifer Lawrence

March 2014


by Nathalie Azoulai

Till then Jennifer Lawrence was just another pretty face even though she already won an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. She broke through as a great Comedienne playing the unpredictable and messy Rosalyn in American Hustle- reminding us of Gena Rowlands. Just listen to this master piece of dialogue where Rosalyn and her husband Irving are turning a mere microwave into an existential business:

Irving: [Rosalyn has accidentally destroyed their new microwave] I told you not to put metal in the science oven, what did you do that for?

Rosalyn: Don't make such a big deal! Just get another one.

Irving: I don't want another one, want the one that Carmine gave me.

Rosalyn: [mocking] Oh, Carmine! I want the one that Carmine gave me! Carmine! Carmine! Why don't you just marry Carmine? Get a little gold microwave and put it on a chain around your neck! You wanna be more like Carmine? Why don't you build something, like he does? Instead of all your empty deals; they're just like your fuckin' science oven. You know, I read that it takes all of the nutrition out of our food! It's empty, just like your deals. Empty! Empty!

Irving: Bullshit.

Rosalyn: It's not bullshit! I read it in an article, look: By Paul Bradeur [hands Irving the article] Bring something into this house that's gonna take all the nutrition out of our food and then light our house on fire? Thank God for me.

And thank God for us. Lawrence can light a whole movie on fire!


 Jennifer Lawrence