In this Reverse Shot Talkie, French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin sits down with host Eric Hynes to talk about his distinctive, full-bodied way of directing, and how it applied to his new film, My Golden Days. Directors acting out lines for actors is considered taboo, but according to Desplechin, he can’t help but perform dialogue for his cast, and frequent collaborators like Catherine Deneuve and Mathieu Amalric have come to encourage the practice. Here, he talks about how his job is best described as an interpreter of story and emotions, whether that’s in directing actors or placing the camera, and how making himself vulnerable throughout the process is crucial in fostering vulnerability from cast and crew.