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Juliette Binoche


Birth name:

Juliette Binoche


La Binoche




Paris, France



Race or Ethnicity:


Sexual orientation:



Actress, Model



Executive summary:

Chocolat and The English Patient


5' 6" (1.68 m)


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Juliette Binoche - Biography


Juliette Binoche, born 9 March 1964) is a French actress, who has appeared in more than 40 films since 1983. While starting on the stage during her teens, Binoche had a dramatic education. She found her success in French cinema but gained international acclaim for her portrayal in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), and won a César Award for Best Actress in Three Colors: Blue (1993). Also she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in The English Patient (1996). Other notable performances include Chocolat (2000), Caché (2005), The Flight of the Red Balloon (2007).

Binoche was born in Paris, the daughter of Jean-Marie Binoche, a director, actor, and sculptor, and Monique Stalens, a teacher, director, and actress. Binoche's mother is of Polish descent, and her maternal Polish-Catholic grandparents were imprisoned at Auschwitz because they were intellectuals. Binoche also has French, Flemish, Brazilian and Moroccan ancestry. Her parents divorced when she was four and Binoche and her sister Marion were sent to a boarding school.
Binoche began acting in amateur stage productions, and at 17 directed and starred in a student production of the Eugène Ionesco play, Exit the King. The next year, she studied acting at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts of Paris (CNSAD). She found an agent through a friend and joined a theatre troupe in which she toured France, Belgium and Switzerland under the pseudonym of "Juliette Adrienne".
After quitting the CNSAD, she began acting lessons with famed coach Vera Gregh. Following in her mother's footsteps, she became a stage actress, occasionally taking small parts in French feature films. Her first screen role was a small part in the 1983 television film Dorothée, danseuse de corde by Jacques Fensten, which was followed by a similarly small role in the provincial television film Fort bloque by Pierrick Guinnard. After Binoche secured her first big screen appearance with a small supporting role in Pascal Kané's Algeria-themed Liberty Belle, she decided to pursue a career in cinema.

Binoche's early films saw her firmly established as a French star of some renown. The recurring themes of these films were of contemporary young women exploring their lives and their sexuality. Small roles in Les Nanas and Adieu blaireau led to more significant exposure in Jean-Luc Godard's Je vous salue, Marie and Jacques Doillon's La Vie de Famille which cast her as the teenage stepdaughter of Sami Frey's character. This film was to set the theme and tone of the early career.
In 1985, Binoche secured the lead role in André Téchiné's Rendez-vous. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival that year, winning Best Director. In 1986, Binoche was nominated for her first César Award for Best Actress for the film. Binoche's next film was a role in Mon beau-frère a tué ma soeur by Jacques Rouffio, which was a critical and commercial failure. Later that year, she starred opposite Michel Piccoli in Léos Carax's Mauvais Sang. This film, however, was a critical and commercial success, leading to Binoche's second César Award nomination. In August 1986, she portrayed Tereza in Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being based on the Milan Kundera novel. This was Binoche's first English language role and was a worldwide success with critics and audiences alike. After this success, Binoche decided to return to France rather than pursue an international career.
In 1988, she filmed the lead in Pierre Pradinas's Un tour de manège, a little-seen French film. Later that year she began work on Léos Carax's Les Amants du Pont-Neuf. The film was beset by problems and took three years to complete. When it was released in 1991, The Lovers on the Bridge was a critical success. Binoche won a European Film Award for best actress as well as her third César Award nomination.

Following the long shoot of Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, Binoche relocated to London for the 1992 productions of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights and Damage, both of which considerably enhanced her international reputation. For Damage Binoche received her fourth César Award nomination. In 1993, she appeared in Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Blue to much critical acclaim. The film premiered at the 1993 Venice Film Festival, landed Binoche a Prize in Venice, a César Award for Best Actress, and a Golden Globe nomination. After this success, she took a short sabbatical during which she gave birth to her son, Raphael.
In 1995, Binoche appeared in a big-budget adaptation of Jean Giono's The Horseman on the Roof directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. The film was a box-office success around the world and Binoche was again nominated for a César Award for Best Actress. This role as a romantic heroine was to color the direction of many of her roles in the late 1990s.
In 1996, Binoche appeared in A Couch in New York by Chantal Akerman. The film was a flop, but her next film was The English Patient, which was based on the acclaimed novel by Michael Ondaatje and directed by Anthony Minghella. The English Patient was a worldwide hit. It received nine Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Binoche. With this film, she became the second French cinema actress to win an Oscar. She said in her acceptance speech that it was such a surprise, and that she had thought fellow nominee Lauren Bacall was going to win; she started to thank people, but only got past her director Anthony Minghella before laughing that it "must be a dream... a French dream!"
After this international hit, Binoche returned to France and began work opposite Daniel Auteuil on Claude Berri's Lucie Aubrac, which was based on a true story. However, Binoche was released from this film six weeks into the shoot, over differences with Berri regarding the authenticity of his script. Next she worked again with André Téchiné on Alice et Martin (1998), followed in 1999 by Children of the Century in which she played 19th-century French writer George Sand.
2000 saw Binoche in four successful, but different, roles. Firstly was La Veuve de Saint-Pierre by Patrice Leconte for which she was nominated for a César Award for best actress. Next she appeared in Michael Haneke's Code Unknown, a film which was made following Binoche's approach to the Austrian director. Binoche made her Broadway debut in Harold Pinter's Betrayal for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Back on screen, Binoche was the heroine of the Lasse Hallstrom film Chocolat for which she won a European Film Award for Best Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA.
Between 1995 and 2000, Binoche was the advertising face of the Lancôme scent Poème, her image adorning print campaigns and a TV advertising campaign. There were three commercials featuring Binoche for the perfume, including an advert directed by Anthony Minghella and scored by Gabriel Yared.

Following the success of Chocolat, Juliette Binoche returned to France for an unlikely role. Jet Lag (2002) opposite Jean Reno saw Binoche play a ditzy beautician. The film was a box-office hit in France and saw Binoche once again nominated for a César Award for best actress. In 2003, Binoche featured in an Italian TV commercial for the chocolates Ferrero Rocher. This ad played upon her Chocolat persona and featured Binoche handing Rochers to people on the streets of Paris. Next Binoche went to South Africa to film John Boorman's In My Country (2004) opposite Samuel L. Jackson.
Binoche then teamed up with Michael Haneke again for Caché in 2005. The film was an immediate success, winning best director at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Binoche was nominated for a European Film Award for Best Actress for her role. Binoche's next film was Bee Season with Richard Gere. Mary (2005) saw Binoche collaborate with Abel Ferrara for an investigation of modern faith and Mary Magdalene's position in the Catholic Church. The film was an immediate success, winning the Grand Prix at the 2005 Venice Film Festival.
2006 saw Binoche take part in the portmanteau work Paris, je t'aime appearing in a section directed by Nobuhiro Suwa. Binoche appeared at the 2006 Venice Film Festival to launch A Few Days in September, by Santiago Amigorena. Later in the month she traveled to the Toronto Film Festival for the premiere of Breaking and Entering, her second film with Anthony Minghella in the director's chair, where she played opposite Jude Law as a Bosnian refugee in London.

2007 was one of Binoche's busiest years. The Cannes Film Festival saw the premiere of Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge by the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. The film was well received by international critics and went on to debut around the world in early 2008. Dan in Real Life a romantic comedy opposite Steve Carell was released in October 2007, becoming a popular commercial success. Back in France Binoche was seen to popular and critical success in Paris by Cédric Klapisch, L'Heure D'été by Olivier Assayas and Disengagement by Amos Gitai. In the Autumn of 2008 Binoche appeared in a theatrical dance production titled in-i with Akram Khan, which featured stage design by Anish Kapoor and music by Philip Sheppard premiering at the National Theatre in London before moving to New York, L.A., Sydney and Paris. In June 2009 Binoche began work on Copie Conforme for Abbas Kiarostami. At the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Binoche revealed that she was developing projects with Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Jia Zhangke and Jiang Wen. In February 2010, Binoche will begin shooting Sponsoring for Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska. The film tells the story of a Parisian journalist investigating prostitution.

Binoche has two children: Raphaël (born on 2 September 1993), whose father is André Halle, a professional scuba diver, and Hana (born on 16 December 1999), whose father is actor Benoît Magimel, with whom Binoche starred in the 1999 film Children of the Century. Binoche was romantically involved with Argentine writer/director Santiago Amigorena between 2005 and 2008.
She previously had romantic relationships with Leos Carax and Olivier Martinez, and brief relationship with Daniel Day Lewis.

In the 1991 film Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, in which Binoche portrays an artist, the paintings used in the film were Binoche's own work. She also designed the poster for the film.
In 1993, Binoche exhibited work done in collaboration with the French designer and artist Christian Fenouillat. They plan to collaborate again in the future and are currently working on pieces themed by Cinema.
In November 2008, Juliette Binoche published a bilingual large format book entitled "Juliette Binoche, Portraits In-Eyes". The book contains large full page portraits of each director she has worked with as well as self portraits of her as each character. Binoche also wrote a few lines dedicated to each director. The book was published by French house "Editions Place des Victoires"


Juliette Binoche - Personal Quotes


"Movies are open doors, and at every door, I change character and life...I live for the present always. I accept this risk. I don't deny the past, but it's a page to turn."

"When I returned to France after winning the Oscar, I was treated like royalty, or like a football hero!"

"Giving birth is like a vase of beautiful flowers. Only you're just the vase, and only for a very short moment. The flowers are beautiful, but they belong to themselves, not to the vase."

"I am not a great French woman. George Sand, Marguerite Duras and Simone de Beauvoir are great French women".

"I knew I had become a star when I shook hands with Simone Signoret at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. She died four months later".

"Acting is like peeling an onion. You have to peel away each layer to reveal another."

"I want to make films that are political and social. Films with a message or an idea. Films that dare to ask."

"If a star is someone who gives light, then I can be a star. But if a star is someone who goes after money and magazine covers then it's sick and I don't want it!"

"French women bloom at 40! I can't wait!"

"My earliest memory is loneliness. That's a hard thing to live with"

I have been proposed to four times. Twice at the beginning of a relationship and twice at the end of a relationship. I've never said no. I just didn't give an answer!

"Going to South Africa (Country of My Skull (2004)) has changed me utterly. I have seen and heard about acts of cruelty and hatred which are hard to comprehend. But I've also seen peace and tranquility like nowhere else on earth".

"My real excitement comes when a movie transforms me. When you love the movie you've played in, you can make that bridge back to your own life."


Juliette Binoche - Filmography


Sponsoring (2010)
Copie conforme (2009)
... aka Certified Copy (USA: literal English title)
... aka Copie conforme (France)
... aka Roonevesht barabar asl ast (Iran: Persian title)
... aka The Certified Copy (International: English title)
Shirin (2008) .... Woman in audience
L'heure d'été (2008) .... Adrienne
... aka Summer Hours (International: English title) (UK) (USA)
Paris (2008) .... Élise
Dan in Real Life (2007) .... Marie
Disengagement (2007) .... Ana
... aka Désengagement (France)
... aka Disimpegno (Italy)
... aka Hitnatkoot (Israel: Hebrew title)
... aka Trennung (Germany)
Le voyage du ballon rouge (2007) .... Suzanne
... aka Flight of the Red Balloon (International: English title)
Breaking and Entering (2006) .... Amira
Quelques jours en septembre (2006) .... Irène Montano
... aka A Few Days in September (International: English title)
... aka Alcuni giorni in settembre (Italy)
... aka Alguns Dias em Setembro (Portugal)
Paris, je t'aime (2006) .... Suzanne (segment "Place des Victoires")
... aka Paris, I Love You (Hong Kong: English title) (International: English title)
... aka Paris, je t'aime (UK) (USA)
Mary (2005/I) .... Marie Palesi / Mary Magdalene
... aka Mary (France)
Bee Season (2005) .... Miriam
Caché (2005) .... Anne Laurent
... aka Hidden (International: English title) (UK)
... aka Niente da nascondere (Italy)
Country of My Skull (2004) .... Anna Malan
... aka In My Country (USA)
Décalage horaire (2002) .... Rose
... aka Jet Lag (Canada: English title) (International: English title)
Chocolat (2000) .... Vianne
Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (2000) .... Anne Laurent
... aka Cod Necunoscut (Romania)
... aka Code - Unbekannt (Germany)
... aka Code Unknown (Canada: English title)
... aka Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (International: English title)
... aka Code inconnu (France: short title)
La veuve de Saint-Pierre (2000) .... Pauline (Madame La)
... aka The Widow of Saint-Pierre (International: English title)
... aka The Widow of St. Pierre (Canada: English title)
Les enfants du siècle (1999) .... George Sand / Baroness Aurore Dudevant
... aka The Children of the Century (Canada: English title) (Europe: English title) (USA)
Alice et Martin (1998) .... Alice
... aka Alice and Martin (USA: literal English title)
... aka Alice y Martin (Spain)
The English Patient (1996) .... Hana
Un divan à New York (1996) .... Beatrice Saulnier
... aka A Couch in New York (USA)
Le hussard sur le toit (1995) .... Pauline de Théus
... aka The Horseman on the Roof (USA)
Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994) .... Julie Vignon (de Courcy)
... aka Three Colours: Red (Canada: English title) (UK)
... aka Red (USA: short title)
... aka Three Colors: Red (USA)
... aka Trzy kolory: Czerwony (Poland)
Trzy kolory: Bialy (1994) .... Julie Vignon (de Courcy)
... aka Three Colours: White (Canada: English title) (UK)
... aka Three Colors: White (USA)
... aka Trois couleurs: Blanc (France)
... aka Trzy kolory: Biały (Poland)
... aka White
Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993) .... Julie
... aka Three Colors: Blue (Canada: English title) (USA)
... aka Three Colours: Blue (Canada: English title) (UK)
... aka Bleu (France: short title)
... aka Blue
... aka Trzy kolory: Niebieski (Poland)
Damage (1992) .... Anna Barton
... aka Fatale (France)
Wuthering Heights (1992) .... Cathy Linton / Catherine Earnshaw
... aka Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights (USA: complete title)
Les amants du Pont-Neuf (1991) .... Michèle Stalens
... aka Lovers on the Ninth Bridge (Australia: video title)
... aka Lovers on the Pont Neuf (Australia: cable TV title)
... aka The Lovers on the Bridge (USA)
Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules (1991) (TV) .... Mara
... aka The Art of Seduction (UK: DVD box title)
... aka Women & Men 2
Un tour de manège (1989) .... Elsa
... aka Once Around the Park (USA)
... aka Roundabout (UK)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) .... Tereza
Mauvais sang (1986) .... Anna
... aka Bad Blood (International: English title: informal literal title)
... aka The Night Is Young (UK)
Mon beau-frère a tué ma soeur (1986) .... Esther Bouloire
... aka My Brother-in-law Killed My Sister (International: English title)
... aka They've Killed Her! (UK: festival title)
Le meilleur de la vie (1985) .... Une amie de Véronique au bar
... aka A Better Life (UK: festival title)
Rendez-vous (1985) .... Nina/Anne Larrieux
... aka André Téchiné's Rendez-Vous (USA: video title)
Adieu blaireau (1985) .... Brigitte
... aka Farewell to Fred (International: English title)
La vie de famille (1985) .... Natacha
... aka Family Life
Les nanas (1985) .... Antoinette
... aka Girls, Girls, Girls! (UK: festival title)
... aka The Chicks
'Je vous salue, Marie' (1985) .... Juliette
... aka Hail Mary (USA)
Fort bloqué (1985) (TV) .... Nicole
Dorothée, danseuse de corde (1983) (TV)
Liberty belle (1983) .... La fille du rallye
... aka Liberty Belle (International: English title)


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