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In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

Created: 07/20/16

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davinamw

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In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of "you." " 'Not you personally but what you stand for. Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of "you." " 'Not you personally but what you stand for. You are the synecdoche for what she ran away from'?" (page 314). Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette chose to become a recluse?


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of "you." " 'Not you personally but what you stand for. Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

I think that when he said "you" he meant the paparazzi, the press, & the fans....and therefore all of the attention & lack of freedom and privacy. I think he felt that Claudette had ran away from the life she had because he thought that she felt like she wasn't living her life for herself but instead was held to standards that were created by the attention that comes along with being an extremely popular actress.

I think he was on the right path with what he thought. I think Claudette was also feeling the pull of being a mother & the guilt associated with feeling like she wasn't spending enough time with her newborn because of her obligations to film.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of "you." " 'Not you personally but what you stand for. Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

I agree with you, PiperUp, but I also think he was clueless about his own role in her disappearance. Other than being the star of his movies (and writing them) she seemed almost invisible to him. He took over the interviews and took credit for the scripts and had affairs with her staff. Gotta think that had something to do with her wanting to get away as well.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of "you." " 'Not you personally but what you stand for. Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

I agree with both your points. During the interview, Timou refused to acknowledge Claudette played a significant role in his films. With that, he was also undermining his role in her disappearance. Individuals don't make drastic decisions like that for a single reason; it's usually due to a combination of factors. Had Claudette left solely because of the paparazzi, she would have made it a point to elaborate to Timou the reasons for her disappearance. She would not have been so curt.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

I agree with both of you. Timou's behavior & treatment of Claudette also played a part in her disappearance. I wonder if he wasn't a little bit aware of his role though since he was so quick to anger & deflect when questioned by the interviewer.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

"you" is referring to the oppressive compulsion the meda/press has with anyone who can be considered news, especially celebrities. I think the focus on appearance and the treatment of celebrities as commodities and objects overwhelmed Claudette and created a claustrophobic reaction to the hair/makeup/costuming she experienced.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

Timou sort of drug her into acting against her wishes to begin with and used her endlessly both as an actress and writer and lover while taking all credit for their success. She was uncomfortable with the constant attention and constant work and after having their baby her maternal instincts kicked in too and the whole life style became repulsive to her and she wanted out and wanted control of her life. Timou could never give her credit for anything and also could never take blame for her defection. Yes the press attention drove her away but I think he was more to blame and of course could never even believe that or own up to it.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

I think she felt she no control of her day-to-day life. Timou and his minions gave her no personal space. She fled to save herself and son from the constant demands on her.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

Once she became well known her life changed, there was no privacy with reporters and paparazzi every where she turned, she became known as “The Bolter”as she would walk out in the middle of interviews also Timou was having affairs and she knew it.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

All of these comments make sense to me, but joyces and judithj I feel are closest to my thinking. Claudette ran away to take control of her own life, to be her own woman. It's clear that Timou was a very controlling, dominating person, and on the narcissistic spectrum. He took what he wanted from people, in Claudette's case starting with their first encounter, when he laid the groundwork for taking over her future and devoting it to him and his needs, personally and professionally, while also taking all the credit for himself and taking any other woman he wanted along the way. Like a classic narcissist, he blamed the journalists and the papparazzi for her running away, instead of looking to himself.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

I think he was partially right. It was more than just the press. She was treated like a possession by Timou and not given credit for many of her talents.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

I agree with most of the statements above, but I agree most with the lack of control over her life. She was treated almost as a possession, so that the business of making movies could be continued. She was told what to say and do. There seemed to no affection in any of it. Also, I feel her personality was that of more of a loner


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

I agree with the former comments that both Timou and the media clamoring became uncontrollable for Claudette, but I also think her new role as a mother and protector of Ari drove her to seclusion. It was Ari who activated Claudette to escape and seek the isolation possible in her tucked away home. It was Ari's need for help that motivated her initial conversation with Daniel. And it was her fear of harm to Marithe and Calvin that drove her to send Daniel away. I think it is the relationships between parents and children that is the ultimate driver of this story. It is how the uncontrollable circumstances that parents impose on their children molds and defines their personhood as adults.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

I think it was a total lack of control for Claudette. She didn't get credit for her work and was like a puppet on strings, being manipulated. There was a total lack of privacy, and she reached her breaking point.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

Claudette mastered what she could about her life, that being 'acting'. She could not continue to live out her private life in public and unfortunately she was surrounded by those who needed her to show more of herself to the public. She never had a confidant or trustworthy person who would shield her from the constant strain of being 'on' and produce for others. She was intuitive enough to plan and execute her escape with her son. A new start away from everyone.


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RE: In the interview transcript, Timou tells the interviewer that Claudette ran away because of 'you.' 'Not you personally but what you stand for.' Do you think he was right about that? If not, why do you think Claudette became a recluse?

I agree with those who feel she ran away because she realized she had no control of her life. Timor was overly controlling. Also, I think she was afraid that her child would be taken from her and she would have little say.


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