Trintignant recovery awaited

Actress' condition still 'very worrying' after altercation

PARIS — A French surgeon performed a two-hour “last chance” operation on actress Marie Trintignant in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius Tuesday after a blow to the head left her in a coma at the weekend.

Local police quizzed her boyfriend Bertrand Cantat, lead singer with the French rock band Noir Desir, about the injuries, allegedly sustained during a violent argument.

Cantat, 39, had been ruled unfit to face police before Tuesday, having been admitted to the same Vilnius hospital shortly after Trintignant early Sunday for a suspected overdose of alcohol and drugs.

Witnesses at their hotel said a lot of noise had come from their room in the hours before Cantat called for help.

Trintignant, 41, had been in the Baltic city for two months shooting a TV film about the life of French author Colette, directed by her mother, Nadine Trintignant. The two penned the script together. The TV film is being produced by Jerome Minet, former head of Pathe’s TV production division.

Her mother and father, the actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, were at her hospital bedside Tuesday.

Surgeon Stephane Delajoux, specially flown in from Paris, told a press conference that the decision to operate a second time – a Lithuanian team operated on Trintignant Sunday – was based on “her deteriorating (condition) in the past 24 hours.”

After the second operation her condition was still “very very worrying” he said.

In Paris, a spokesman for Trintignant’s agency Artmedia told Daily Variety: “Everyone’s in a state of shock. It is an unbelievably appalling thing to have happened.”

Trintignant, who received the Prix Arletty for her performance as an alcoholic in Claude Chabrol’s “Betty,” and played a prostitute in his film “Une Affaire de Femmes,” has acted in more than 50 movies as well as appearing on stage and television.

Her most recent bigscreen role was in the comedy “Janis and John”, by Samuel Benchetrit, the father of her two youngest sons, Leon, 7, and Jules, 5.

She has two other sons, Roman, 17, whose father was the drummer with the French rock band Telephone, and Paul, 15, with French actor Francois Cluzet.

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