Her mixture of ambition and desperation was palpable.
She suffered a brain haemorrhage 11 years ago and feared that if she survived she would remain bedridden for the rest of her days.
So many things have happened to me since I first came to Cannes.
Some are good, some not so good and some have been disturbing.
But the Basic Instinct star has not had a major movie hit in years.
The re-release of her breakthrough 1990 fi lm Total Recall, co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, comes at a key moment to reflect on her life.