Carine Tardieu

Carine Tardieu was born in 1973 in Paris where, along with her brother, she grew up in a close-knit family of German and Moroccan descent. As a child, she didn’t like school at all, preferring to be in the countryside. As soon as she was old enough, she couldn’t wait to go to the town of Rambouillet, just outside of Paris, where the two loves of her life lived: her grandmother and her horse.

After she graduated from high school, she was drawn to film, but she didn’t think she had the talent nor could she see herself handling the stress of working in the movie industry. She therefore threw herself into the study of psychology, followed by nursing. On a whim, she decided she needed a change, which she got by spending several weeks on a kibbutz. Teary-eyed one day from picking onions in the fields, she realized that she had to take her future in hand and at least try working in film.

Carine took film studies for three years. Between 1995 and 2000, she worked as an assistant director on many films and movies for TV, met some of the top stars (to the delight of her father who is very good at dropping names), and tried her hand at writing screenplays, even though she knew they would never be turned into movies. When she lost her mother suddenly to cancer, Carine turned to her as her greatest source of inspiration.

Within very short order, she wrote and directed two short movies, which revolved around teens and their mothers. They were both a hit. For four years, Carine won all sorts of awards and regularly attended film festivals around the world. It was during this period that she met a publisher who suggested that she turn her films into short novels for teens. Carine discovered that she enjoyed writing novels even more than screenplays.

In 2007, she met a famous producer who offered her the chance to make a feature-length movie. Her film, La tête de maman (again with her own mother in mind), featured a number of famous movie stars. When she watched the credits roll, she remembered what a difficult teenager she had been, and even though it was hard to believe now, she knew that it was true.

Carine is now hard at work on her second full-length film. To relax, she writes scripts for TV and short novels for teens.

Annick Press books
by Carine Tardieu