With her red pigtails, school girl look, and pulled up socks, Mireille kind of gives off a grownup Pippi Longstocking vibe with an additional slight resemblance to Katherine Isabelle of Ginger Snaps fame, though with a unique beauty all her own that wonderfully compliments Rollin’s sexy, dark, and poetic imagery-laden film. Her character is more unsuccessful at resisting the influence of the vampires than her partner, and in a sexy little scene, earning her the title of Venomous Vixen, she playfully seduces and taunts a victim to his doom.
While exploring more of Rollin’s work, it was an unexpected surprise for me to see Mireille show up again as a clown in two other films, whose titles shall be withheld so as to not spoil the surprise too much. While this makes for a delightful fan boy (or fan girl) moment for those that have seen Requiem for a Vampire, it would nonetheless be a little head scratching for those unfamiliar with Requiem and the significance of this clown randomly showing up in these later films.
|Mireille cameos as a sad clown in a graveyard for Rollin in another film in what I believe to be a sort of self-referencing homage to his previous film as well as a nod to the fans.|
|Here, Rollin treats us to Mireille again as a clown for a third time. This time she actually acts like a clown, and we get to see her lose the makeup again.|
|Behind the scenes with Rollin, Castel, and Dargent on the set of Requiem for a Vampire. Image taken from Fascination: The Jean Rollin Experience.|
Apparently, Jean Rollin had discovered that the agent who had introduced him to Mireille was pocketing all of her wages, leaving her with nothing. Admirably, Jean hired a lawyer, and the agent had to pay Mireille back in full, and a close friendship developed between the two. I’m happy she got to star in three more films with Jean, but I only wish there would’ve been more. Still, what little there is was very significant to Jean Rollin’s work, and her being fairly unknown otherwise, makes her somewhat of a special treat for fans.