Seemingly ageless even as she turns seventy this March, the incomparable French actor Isabelle Huppert is something of a paradox: an enigma who lives in front of the camera, inviting our gaze while maintaining a sense of deep, unknowable mystery. Specializing in portrayals of complex women who transgress social, moral, and sexual boundaries, she has delivered fearless performances for uncompromising auteurs such as Jean-Luc Godard (EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF), Maurice Pialat (LOULOU), Claude Chabrol (LA CÉRÉMONIE), Michael Haneke (THE PIANO TEACHER), Claire Denis (WHITE MATERIAL), and Mia Hansen-Løve (THINGS TO COME). Each is a captivating display of the singular performance style—so nuanced, ambiguous, and elusive that it’s barely discernible as acting—that has made her a legend in her time.
Directed by Diane Kurys • 1983 • France
Starring Miou-Miou, Isabelle Huppert, Guy Marchand
Director Diane Kurys tells the story of her own mother in this tender portrait of the life-changing relationship between two women. In order to avoid deportation, Lena (Isabelle Huppert), a Jewish refugee ...
Directed by Michael Haneke • 2001 • France
Starring Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Magimel
In this riveting study of the dynamics of control, Academy Award–winning director Michael Haneke takes on Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s controversial 1983 novel about perverse female sexuality and the world ...