Here's another fan experience at Berlinale to sink your teeth into. Reader Estelle, provided us with plenty of details from her trip as well as pictures.
BlurryRob is still SexyRob.
The blurry pictures have meaning with Estelle's story and honestly, I think they're the most reflective of what it's like to be in Rob's presence. It's too intense! I was trembling outside of the BD Kimmel taping (I know, Kate. I still need to share my BD pics, vid, etc. Please don't break out the flogger). How blessed is Rob's fandom that he takes the picture for so many of his fans? That is so considerate since it's physically altering to meet him.
All the Berlinale details + MORE pics of Rob (special clear ones) after the cut!
I woke up at 4:20 in the morning like every morning! I worked till 2pm at a radio station where I am currently doing an internship. Since that day was really important for Germany because our president abdicated I had to work a little longer than I wanted! I went straight to the Potsdamer Platz which is where Rob was for the press conference in the Grand Hyatt! I got there and people told me that Rob just finished to write and taking pictures with fans. So I missed him just because of 20 f-cking minutes! I was so frustrated because people were telling me that he really took his time and gave everyone everything they wanted, like he always does. I was so pissed because the last times he went to Berlin I always missed him just because of 2 meters. He always started to write autographs and stuff just beside me and this time I missed him because I was to late.
I waited there for one hour or so and then he got out and just waved and drove away! I was really sad and not fun to be around! I met with a friend of mine and had to tell her everything. We drank tee at McDonalds just opposite the venue where the premiere took place. There were already fans but also enough space to stand in the first row on the red carpet. I thought that it would be no use to stand there for like 4 hours till the premiere because the best spaces in the first row were already taken and I thought that Rob wouldn’t go through the whole first row. That’s when another friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go with her to his hotel to look. And because I didn’t have anything to do till the premiere I agreed and went to the Hotel de Rome where he stayed the last times in Berlin. There were 12 cars from the Berlinale which were also in front of the Grand Hyatt, in which he also drove away!
I waited there and spoke to the drivers. At first they weren’t really cooperative but then they had pity for me I think. They told me that they really didn’t know what would happen but also gave indication where and what I should do. Stupid-Me didn’t trust them. That was my fault because they told me to go to the red carpet. At 7pm people got out from the hotel, they were family I guess, but not from Rob. Even Christina Ricci came out, and then someone said that there are just the directors that had to come out. So I understood that Rob already left, certainly from the back exit! I called someone who I knew was already at the premiere and he confirmed it. I jumped into a taxi which I ordered just before. It felt as if I was in a movie. In the taxi they radio was playing and reporting that Rob was already on the red carpet etc. I got there and ran to the venue. I showed my ticket and was all of a sudden on the red carpet for the people who watched the film, not the big one for the stars.
That’s when I realized that Rob was just beside me, just that a barrier and a couple of meters was between us. He was with his back to me and was giving autographs and stuff. I was so shocked that he was at this place from the red carpet because it was really at the end and insular. That’s when I regretted that I went to the hotel for nothing! I had to walk because securities told me that I wasn’t allowed to stay there. When I walked the red carpet down I realized that next to me there were so sooo many people who were screaming at Rob and everything felt so funny because I was alone to walk the red carpet down. When I went in the building I was led to a staircase. Just in front of this staircase was another barrier but this time a rope! You could decide of you wanted to go up to take your seat or if you wanted to wait there for the stars, because they too had to go up.
Rob was still on the red carpet and doing press stuff and they had another entrance. I saw his family and they were all so cute. When he finally got in to the building they had to take some more photos. We had the chance to stand beside the photographs. It was just a little space, maybe 3 meters. When I first came there I was in the second row, but had a little gap to see something trough the people standing in front of me. I asked them if they could move just a little bit so I could see more. In the end they let me got in the first row because they weren’t really fan and because I told them that I absolutely wanted to have a pic with rob. Since I’m so little they let me in front of them. Then Rob came and the securities were standing in front of us. I thought that he and Christina would just go to stairs (pic) because they were just in front of us and he already took 30 minutes with the fans outside. Also the schedule for the film was already shifted because everything took so long. So I didn’t expect him to stop, but he did.
He started to write autographs for the people next to me and I was really the only fan standing there, but people where pushing so much. It was chaotic because the barrier was so unstable and I knew if the situation would get worse he would just go up to the stairs. People were putting their stuff in my face and he finally was in front of me. I asked him: “Rob! Rob! Can I take a picture with you?” There was just a gap between us to have eye contact because people were holding there stuff in front of us for him to sign. He noticed me and told me: “Yeah sure” He finished to sign for other people behind me and went a little closer to me! In that moment I really thought: “Wahhhh! It’s dream come true!” I’m so happy I didn’t say it out loud. Out of reflex I put my hand on his shoulder, but dean just grabbed my wrist and held it so hard it was hurting, so exaggerated, I mean I understand that Rob doesn’t to be touched by everyone but you could it a little more gentle. I tried to take the pic and pushed the button twice. I looked at the display and saw it was totally blurry. Rob was already a little away! I told him: “It didn’t work!” He even came back and I took another pic and once again it was blurry. Then everything got to hectic and he signed just one or two other things and finally got up the stairs. I was really frustrated that I f-cked up! That was my chance, finally after 2 premieres that I finally got my chance to get my pic, after I got with everyone a pic after the first try. With Kristen, Taylor and even Bill Condon! And for Rob I always stood in the cold for nothing and now I had they chance but failed.
I hadn’t really the time to bother any longer because I had to go up to the uppers floor (the 4th). I was really on the uppers floor, in the last row but therefore right in the middle. He was down, so just under me, so I couldn’t really see him. The host was introducing them to us, but they stayed at there seats! I suppose that he wasn’t there for the whole movie. And like I saw in the video he certainly wasn’t there the whole time because he and Christina went to another cinema to introduce the movie!
Ok now let’s move to the film which I had the chance to see twice (premiere and the next day at a regular screening)! First of all I really have to tell you that I was really impressed not only by Rob’s acting abilities but also by all the nudity that I really wasn’t expecting. But also the acting skills of the ladies were just great. I read the book in French class so actually I knew the plot and knew that it contained a lot of sex and nudity but somehow I didn’t expect the movie to be so graphic.
You won’t be disappointed, you will see him a lot of times nude, so ladies you have something to look forward. At the press conference he told us that the director asked him not to have a six pack blab bla bla. You see that in the film which is fine. He looks good in the movie, not to skinny just enough on the ribs. That’s just my taste. I like him now as well but I don’t know his body in Bel ami looks healthier.
I don’t know how to explain it but for me the first 3 minutes are not so good. I don’t really like how Rob is acting at the beginning but that’s just my opinion. I had the impression that you really heard out of his dialogue that he was acting! But other than that he was really brilliant. Especially at the end. Really, people, he’s so good! His character becomes so dark, selfish and unscrupulous. For him he can’t get enough money. So really the scene, where Kristin Scott Thomas announces to him that she has good news for him, that he could have 70 000 francs, he loses it. He pushes her to the floor and throws her out. He screams at her: “I’m going to ruin you! You really think that 70 000 francs are enough?” Something like that. He laughs spitefully and is really really dark. He has just one goal to get this high status. I think that it’s really one of his best performances, when not THE best performance from the acting perspective. In the other movies he was great too, but you know this role is really hard to play, he is bad, really evil. That’s not so easy to play and I think there you can really see the difference between the Twilight movies. I hope this will help him to stand out from the Twilight series because not every guy in his age would do such a period movie with such a plot.
Ok so now let’s move to the fun part of the movie. The part you’re all dying to hear about, although I think you already know everything. It is really true that you see him right in the second scene completely nude from behind. No clothes, no nothing. You see him thrusting from behind. He is sleeping with a whore. She is leaning on the bed and he is right behind her and is moving. I was really shocked to see this, although I already heard from that scene.
The scenes where he is sleeping with Clotilde are more romantic and playful. They are really cute together I think. There is one particular scene where the camera moves from her navel downwards. He is lying on top of her and you see how he and she are meeting at the area of their sexes when he is thrusting. Don’t understand me wrong, you don’t actually see something from their sexes but you know that they are doing it because the camera is moving slightly upwards so you can see him from the top and there you see slightly some of his bud crack!
I really like a section where you really have the impression that George has control over every woman. He’s sleeping with the three ladies, some of them know that he sleeping with others, some not. In the one section he sleeps with Virginie, he wakes up with her and forgets where he is with her. He has to throw her out before Clotilde comes back, because he promised not to bring anyone with him in their love nest. Just when Virginie is leaving, Clodilde is coming back. He is sleeping with her and wakes up. Clotilde has to remind him to go home to Madeleine because otherwise she would get suspicious. That’s really funny.
Another scene that stands out is the scene when he is together with Madeleine. She is trying to work and to make research whereas he is bored and tries to seduce her. She wants to make it quick so she can go back to her work, so she climbs on top of him and is riding him. You really hear the movements in this scene, I don’t know how to explain it but you get me when I tell you, the noises that come when you have sex and I’m not speaking of moaning. In contrary George screams at Madelaine to slow down because she is riding him to fast. In this scene you just see a close up of his face, which looks like as if he is in pain. “Slow down! Mado! Slow down”! After some seconds he’s coming to fast! His facial expression is just priceless! She climbs off of him and continues to work. What kind of bothered me, is that his pants are up which is really illogical after what they just did but whatever…You will see that you won’t really see any skin from Uma Thurman whereas Christina Ricci lays completely nude on a bed in one scene!
The score of the movie is fantastic. It’s basically one melody which is repeated through the whole movie. Kind of dark but really beautiful and cryptic.
The end of the movie is really sharp, it’s an open end. You can imagine what will happen but it basically ends with a major event but let you know that he is on the top, he is where he always wanted to be, in the high society. Nevertheless you can suspect that he will continue to sleep with women, to be more precise with Clotilde!
The audience was really enjoyable, no one who was screaming at the sex scenes or something inappropriate. Everybody was enjoying the film laughing at the right moments, because sometimes the scenes were so ridiculous for example when he is in control of every woman and is grinning from one ear to the other. It’s just hilarious because there all sitting in the same room, he facing everyone and it´s just him who knows the whole truth. One funny moment was when Madeleine and George are speaking about a man who is called Sarrazin. You have to know Sarrazin is nowadays a German politician who isn’t really popular. George and Madeleine are speaking about his beard, which was hilarious because our Sarrazin has a specific beard so the whole audience started to laugh. I guess Robs family or even Rob himself, if he stayed in the cinema were wondering what was going on. It was really just an insider and I’m betting they thought: WTF why are they all laughing!!!
So I think that gave some insiders before you watch the movie yourself. I hope I could help you to endure the time till the movie will coming out in your country. That was my little sneak peek, hope you’d understand everything, if not fell free to ask me. It’s a little hard to explain camera shots and stuff so yeah just ask. Conclusion: Robs improved so much and I’m so proud of him!
FAN ENCOUNTER CONTINUED
After the movie they came on stage and I was so embarrassed by the host. She made a complete fool of herself. I mean the “Oh my God I’m touching him, sorry ladies blab la bla”. Seriously? And also the questions were so stupid, I mean everybody know that this wasn’t his first time in Berlin, and always the question if he likes Berlin is so boring because he always answers the same, he has to, I mean he wouldn’t say that he hated Berlin. She was so stupid and I thought it was really rude just to ask him some questions, because on premieres the questions are more for the directors. I think Rob also felt uncomfortable because he again stood out from the others, which I think he doesn’t really want to. I think he wants to be treated equally and not always like he stands out because of his big fan base and his big success with Twilight.
After that it took some time to get out of the building. I knew where the after party was (the venue is called “Meistersaal” just around the corner from the cinema). I got there and there were already some more barriers but just approximately just 7 other people. In the hall just by the entrance was a Bel ami wall so I knew I was right. After a couple of minutes Lizzy got out off one of these Berlinale BMW, so I knew “Ok Rob is here”!!! People were telling me that Christina jumped out of the car and didn’t stop for fans and that Rob took the back entrance. The party consisted of two parties. Rob and the crew and his family were in the smoking lounch. The other guests were secluded from them and weren’t allowed to smoke in the building, that’s why the crowd was out just beside us. They told us that they didn’t really see him, but that Rob and stuff were eating. One by one the other guests left the party because it was apparently lame. Someone even gave me their goodie bags, stuff from L´Oreal! By 1 am I was ready to leave because I knew that Rob would take the back exit because he would be drunk and stuff, he wouldn’t want to show. They were all still in the building. Cars were standing by the back exit and we weren’t really allowed to go there. After that I was so exhausted I didn’t care because in the end I got my pic and I wasn’t so upset like in the beginning because I finally got my chance and he paid attention to me!
And you know what? Today I was watching another movie from the Berlinale and I tell you I’m soo sooo lucky. Someone from the premiere recognized me. The guy who let me stand in front of him on the red carpet came to me. He was sitting just two rows behind me. Of all the places he was in the same movie as me and in a cinema for 1800 people and just sitting behind me and he even knew who I was. I didn’t recognize him. I told me that he had a pic from me with rob and that I should give him my email address. I was sooo happy you can’t imagine. It was really destiny. He told me that he and his girlfriend were looking at the pics on his camera and they were saying:” Hey the girl got her pic with Rob!” They were happy for me and now he will send me the pic! So everything turned out great! The world is so little sometimes!Indeed it is. *sings It's A Small Rob World After All* ;)
Here is Estelle's steadier momentous moment. So sweet!
Thank you for sharing, Estelle!